The Mobile Field Force is designed to provide rapid, organized and disciplined response to civil disorder, crowd control or other situations. Mobile Field Forces are formally structured teams based on a platoon of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies with an assigned leader. Tactics used are based on small squad tactics developed by the Office of Domestic Preparedness as well as the more traditional Mobile Field Force and general police patrol tactics.
The EDGE Mobile Field Force Team was organized in October, 2015, and consists of 36 police officers within the EDGE Communities of Beachwood, Euclid, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, University Heights and Cleveland Heights.
In January, 2016, the Mobile Field Force Team attended various training from April through May at the Federal Emergency Management’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. The training consisted of Field Force Operations and Initial Law Enforcement Response to Suicide Bomb Attacks. Twenty-four members of the team attended additional training in Field Force Extrication Tactics and Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Devices training. All of the training at the CDP was federally funded, including travel expenses, lodging and meals.
Each team member was outfitted with riot gear, which consists of chest, back, arm and leg protection, a ballistic helmet, uniform and baton. The team was fully operational and deployed on July 14, 2016, for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.