The purpose of the FFO is to prepare responders in protest types and actions, legal considerations, responsibilities of mobile field force teams, and crowd control methods. The course culminates in a series of hands-on activities that allow responders to practice all of the learned skills in a realistic context. Federal, state, local, and other law enforcement/security personnel that may be faced with mass arrest procedures may take the program.
The FFO Training Program was transferred from the Department of Justice’s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) in 2004 as a legacy course, Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI). The number of iterations from 2005 to present day is just under 400 with an average of 33 courses offered each year in resident at the CDP or in the local jurisdictions as nonresident offerings.