26 March TUC and police plans
dicegeorge at hotmail dot com
dicegeorge at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 23 12:51:45 GMT 2011
The role of stewards will be much more than just guiding the march on its
agreed route. Senior stewards will share intelligence with the police via
their radio communications,
and have agreed strategies on how to bring the police in if 'trouble-makers'
infiltrate the march. The TUC is also working closely with the police to
deliver 'key messages' to those
participating in the demonstration.
TUC route stewards are being trained to be a 'first response' in a similar
way to stewards at football matches. They will alert senior stewards, and
thereby the police, to any incidents, including the approach of
'troublemakers'. They have been instructed to deal with minor incidents - a
group of people doing a sit-down protest en route, for example -
on their own in the first instance. If or when the stewards don't get a
positive response, or if things escalate, the police will move in. It
appears to be very much a 'zero tolerance'
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