21 March 2016
Last Thursday, March 18, EULEX organised a Crowd and Riot Control (CRC) training for Kosovo Polices (KP) Quick Response Teams. The training was the second instance of KP North and South Regional Command cooperation, with the first training having taken place earlier this year at EULEXs logbase facilities.
The event was an opportunity for KP Regional Command teams to build teams and practice for unannounced disturbances such as riots or large protests. To gain such experience, mock riots were performed, first by the EULEXs Polish Formed Police Unit (FPU) and then by KPs Quick Response Teams themselves. Thomas Guetlein, EULEX Special Police Department, facilitated the event prepared by the Polish FPU and monitored the training with support by EULEXs Police Strengthening Station Advisor, Ferenc Szel.
We wanted to give KPs Quick Response team the opportunity to experience first-hand what it feels like to face out of control protests, and most importantly, how to bring them under control working together, north and south. Guetlein explained.
Having the training take place at a shooting range in the hills of Kosovo was ideal as the large open space allowed for a highly realistic simulation of an out of control protest. Quick Response teams in mixed Platoons were able to experience various scenarios of how a protest can escalate.
The training was a part of EULEXs continued effort to increase the CRC capacity of KP and strengthen north-south collaboration through providing Monitoring, Mentoring and Advising assistance. The training also demonstrated EULEXs commitment to making safety the number one priority of its support to Kosovo institutions.