Police cadets in Westchester get a lesson on crowd control

Police cadets spent the day Friday practicing how to handle potential riots.

The training took place at the Westchester County Police Academy in Valhalla. As part of the riot training, some cadets acted as demonstrators while the other recruits dressed in riot gear.

The 20-person team of cadets learned how to maintain order at a peaceful demonstration as well as how to push back a potentially violent crowd. The goal of the training is to give the cadets the skills needed to ensure people's rights to demonstrate peacefully.

County officials plan to make riot control part of the regular police academy training.

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