Civil Unrest Resources

This page was created by the Hometown Emergency Preparedness Ad hoc Committee (HEPAC) to provide municipal leaders with resources to help them mitigate, prepare for and respond to civil unrest. 

Civil Unrest Tabletop Simulation

MML is hosting a Preparing for Community Unrest simulation, held as a Zoom meeting on Thursday, February 10, 2021. The fee to participate is $25 to cover the cost of training materials with a limited number of scholarships available. For more information, contact MML Education Services Director Tom Reynolds at tomr@mdmunicipal.orgRegister Here.

Best Practices for Policing Protests

The NYU School of Law's Policing Project has developed new guidance on how to police demonstrations while protecting public safety and democratic freedoms. Download this set of materials on best practices for policing demonstrations. Drawing from social science and importantly – learned experiences of policing leaders themselves – it outlines how policing agencies can and should strike the balance between protecting public safety and protecting democratic freedoms.

Divided Communities Project

The DCP’s initial focus was to transform the insights and lessons of dispute resolution interveners into tangible principles, guidelines, and suggestions that local public officials and community leaders could immediately deploy to strengthen their broad-based capacity to meet challenges that may lead to civil unrest.  

Civil Unrest in Annapolis

This PowerPoint presentation from the 2018 MML Summer Conference was delivered by Annapolis' Office of Emergency Management. The presentation covers key concepts like what distinguishes civil protest from civil disobedience, protest continuum, the importance of policies and procedures, and the role social media plays in both information gathering and response planning.