Public order management. Seminar given at Polishögskolan, Solna, Sweden, October 7 2005

Preventative tactics, dynamic risk assessment and structured evaluation of police methods were contributing to success in the handling of potentially violent crowd situations in the EU, a public order management researcher and educator has said. Professor Otto M.J. Adang, chair of public order management at the Police Academy of the Netherlands, told a seminar in Stockholm on October 7 that police forces were experiencing success in large crowd situations when they took a more "low-profile" approach that included officers clearly communicating well-defined behaviour limits to crowds, responding quickly and appropriately to quell situations before they became violent and carefully targeting only those people who were actually causing trouble. "There are many options police can take before a situation escalates into violence. There are very few after it has," Dr Adang told the audience of predominantly police instructors at the Polishögskolan seminar. "The trend is moving away from simple riot control to public order management. Just training police to deal with riots is an old-fashioned view. It is much more important to focus on prevention."