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Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU)

In existence since 1999, the Civil Disturbance Unit is a group of officers specifically trained to handle large-scale protests or acts of disorderly behavior.

CDU training consists of much more than the use of gas masks and pepper spray. Officers also study crowd dynamics, intelligence gathering, First Amendment protections, protestor tactics, damage control, first-aid/CPR, VIP protection, and many other related topics.

All are necessary to protect the interests of property owners, protestors, and the intended targets of their message.