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The newly formed Mobile Field Force is made up of 102 officers from around the county. It marks the first time each of the 11 police agencies in Washtenaw County is sharing personnel and resources for the same team, said Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Matt Lige, the team coordinator.The force will be called on to keep the peace during large rallies, sporting events and visits from controversial speakers.
"There is a mob mentality that plays into this when a situation begins to get out of control, and (that is) when we'll try to intervene early to prevent the rally or event from becoming civil unrest,'' Lige said.
The team has access to specialized equipment and will train regularly on tactics of responding to multiple large-scale scenarios, officials said. Funding comes from a $133,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.