A line that is front of prepared cops help keep tensions low and is mostly utilized to direct the crowd. Crowd control frequently has some cavalry hidden behind the corner. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_aI_3dgxvNH8/TCaPOXlfjjI/AAAAAAAAAP8/TPK-W-5u52k/s1600/IMG_9254.JPG ...
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- A front line of lightly equipped cops help keep tensions low and is mostly used to direct the crowd. Crowd control usually has some cavalry hidden behind the corner. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_aI_3dgxvNH8/TCaPOXlfjjI/AAAAAAAAAP8/TPK-W-5u52k/s1600/IMG_9254.JPG
- Looks like theyre going paintballing
- Personally I still prefer the UK style riot gear - it gives better face protection from splashing liquids (acid, spit, etc) plus the overalls are fireproof, and under them you have plastic body armour on all limbs.
- It also looks less threatening but I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad.
- I think generally it kinda depends on the situation. If it's a large "peaceful demonstration" you probably want to avoid having anyone around who looks prepared to go into full riot mode, because it might provoke. On the other hand if you've got a full on proper violent mob who know what they're doing to actively hurt police, being as scary possible is ideal (eg. holding batons above head). But then a full on situation like that I'm sure it'd be nice to know everything was fireproof.
- I think the newer external armour looks more comfortable than the all underneath boiler suits
- I think that's just them putting it on in a different order - the same armour over the fireproof boiler suit rather than under it. Considering some of the riot training our police go through I'm surprised they allow it on the outside.
- Definitely just a training picture, the armour is worn underneath in a "live" situation to keep everything fireproof.
- It's Greater Manchester Police's uniform. Used during the riots.
- I'm a PSU trained officer with GMP. It's the same kit as the above picture. Code 0 is flame proofs on the outside, code 1 is armour on the outside. It's easier to put armour over the top, but obviously if the petrol bombs start raining down, the plastic will melt. Your second photo looks like the two piece flame proofs GMP are issuing now instead of the older 1 piece.
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