Retired SWAT commander discusses mobile field force, civil disorder


Massive civil unrest has unfolded across the country in response to the tragic death of George Floyd. Many of us have been glued to watching on television and social media as law enforcement agencies respond to demonstrations both large and small.

Law enforcement agencies face significant challenges when dealing with large protests. They must walk a fine line that allows for the constitutionally guaranteed right to demonstrate versus the demand for public safety and protection of property.

In this Behind the Badge podcast, Dr. Brian McElhaney speaks with BTB staffer Joe Vargas about police agencies and mobile field forces. 

McElhaney is a retired law enforcement officer and former SWAT commander. He has experience in police mobile field force responses to everything from civil unrest to large scale political demonstrations. He shares the challenges of deploying officers in these critical situations.