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53. SPORADIC AND SIMULTANEOUS OUT-
BREAKS. a. If the lawless elements are organized, spo-
radic and simultaneous outbreaks may be expected at any
time in the troubled area. To cope with such sporadic out-
breaks, roving patrols are employed within the area, usually
on irregular or frequently changed schedules and routes.
b. When sniping is prevalent, foot troops may be used as
roving patrols to seek and eliminate these snipers.
c. Mounted patrols have great psychological value in dis-
couraging the formation of crowds.
d. Scout cars and trucks are effective in preventing crowds
from forming. If crowds or mobs have formed, the cars are
equally effective in dispersing them, and in keeping rioters
on the move. The great advantage of scout cars is their
ability to transport fire power quickly from one location to
another and to protect their crews by armor. Scout cars should
be fully manned.
e. One-quarter-ton trucks are used for patroling outlying
districts. Canvas tops and windshields are lowered to permit
the free use of weapons.
f. Airplanes may be used in continuing reconnaissance
and in directing motor patrols by means of radio, or by pre-
g. Tanks may be employed, either in conjunction with
foot troops or on separate missions, to instill fear in potential
rioters or to reduce centers of resistance.
h. All patrols in each district should be under one com-
mander. He should have adequate reserves available at all
54. COMMUNICATION. a. Radio is used to the fullest
possible extent. Constant communication, by radio or tele-
phone, should be maintained between units, and between
units and higher headquarters. Arrangements may be made
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