Utah Department of Public Safety

Highway Patrol - Civil Disorders Unit

In an effort to better understand the problems encountered during civil disturbances, the Training Section of the Patrol requested special training from Arrest Control Tactics (ACT) Instructors at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sergeant Paul Takeshita and Sergeant Paul Snow presented a three day training program in September 1993.

The following year, the Patrol implemented a Civil Disorders Unit (CDU). A selection was made of 50 troopers and sergeants for the Civil Disorders Unit. The selection was based on geographic location, manpower availability, and response potential. The CDU was divided into four 12 member squads. The four squads form a platoon. Sergeant Kirk Middaugh coordinated the organization of the Civil Disorders Unit and serves as Assistant Platoon Leader. SERT Lieutenant Mike Bergin serves as Platoon Leader.

During September 1994, all members of the CDU received basic training in physical fitness, mobile tactics, arrest control tactics, and squad and platoon tactics. That same year, all members of the department received CDU training during in-service.

The Civil Disorders Unit was first deployed on Memorial Day weekend of 1995. At the request of the National Park Service, 41 members from CDU, SERT, the Safe and Sober Squad, Aero Bureau, and command personnel were deployed to the Bullfrog Marina at Lake Powell. The lawless party atmosphere during past years at this resort had resulted in numerous criminal activities, including rapes and aggravated assaults. Department personnel, in a cooperative effort with allied law enforcement agencies, converged on the marina. Positive contact with campers on the beach areas, quick dispersal of assembled crowds, and criminal interdiction were successful. The basic premise of the CDU is that the presence of well trained and properly equipped personnel will be a deterrent to civil disorder.

The dark object turned out to be his wallet. The limo driver was also arrested and questioned. He was later released when it was determined that he knew nothing about the robbery. The money from the bank was recovered at the scene. No weapon was found. Cary’s wounds were not serious. He was charged in federal court with bank robbery. A shooting review board ruled the shooting was justified. The Tooele County Attorney concurred.

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