Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU)

In existence since 1999, the Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU) 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
  • Damage control
  • First Amendment protections
  • First-aid/CPR
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Protestor tactics
  • 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.