With increasing social unrest either as a result of economic austerity or political disquiet, citizens are returning once again to ‘street protest’ This module will consider the role of policing provision in their Public Order role where the interaction are more hostile and confrontational. The role of social media in protest will also be considered. To what extent should policing embrace or control the management of information. What tactics and strategies are legitimate in periods of extreme tension and to what extent does government have a role to play with respect to its position in Cobra? What are the distinctive features of public order and public protest?

Course content

  • An introduction to the history of Public Order Policing
  • Critical analysis of the role of the legitimate force in periods of extreme civil unrest
  • What are the limits to the use of police force in civil disorder?
  • Where have the police got ‘it wrong’ the Kent case study?
  • Social media – encouraging or controlling?
  • How close should the relationship be between policing and the media?
4 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Entry requirements

No specific requirements for these un-accredited short courses but, please note the programme will be taught in English.