Be prepared. Here’s what many Chicago Police department officers were inclined to remember with the potential for riots near Chicago Grant Park — the location of Barack Obama’s president-elect victory rally.
The Chicago Police administration gives out the do’s and don’ts for election day. Something about no cargo pants … only thin 80/20 uniform pants. NO cargo pants means less pockets to store survival gear, and obviously less comfortable and less durable for the nights festivities. Officers complain that administrators are more concerned with appearance — mandating a tie instead of an open collar or dickie. That gives offenders the chance to use the neck tie to choke me an officer. Regarding the shiny hats that will be easily lost including the shield. A poster on a blog says the hat and shield will make a great souvenir for a rioter and grounds for a 3-day suspension for losing the shield from Jody (Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis). Regarding the shiny shoes dress shoes worn in the academy? The shoes might look great for the media, adds the blogger, but will serve no purpose in a fight, foot chase or when standing for 15 hours during shift and extra duty.
A collection of tips from the author and commenters …
For mobile patrol, flip the child safety locks on rear doors and don’t forget to test them.
When deploying OC, gauge the wind. Also, remember that the wind is affected by nearby structures and will swirl, even double back on itself. Be sure of your environment.
If the Gas Teams come by, get the hell out of Dodge. Their purpose was to hose down a crowd and get them moving. Chances are the crowd is moving toward you and chances are they’re pissed. An orderly tactical withdrawal isn’t a bad idea.
KNOW YOUR LOCATION AT ALL TIMES
Use ziptie’s and if you never used them make sure you figure out how.
Bring your glasses in case you get maced.
Carry snacks (preferably high protein sports nutrition/meal replacement bars) and water.
Carry extra radio batteries.
Stay with the PO who has the radio at all times.
Ladies: tie up that hair.
Guys: wear cups.
Make sure your pocket knives are not easily accessible to others.
Carry a fully charged cell phone b/c that will be your radio.
Wear clear plastic “wrap around” safety glasses. The places that sell high end sunglasses have the ones with ballistic protection.
THE MOST IMPORTANT … MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR PARTNER STAY SAFE, AND GO HOME SAFE!
SECOND CITY COP Riot Prep