In the wake of the London riots, the NYPD Disorder Control Unit held a “mobilization exercise” on Randall’s Island on Friday to rehearse its response should out-of-control riots break out here, Metro has learned.
Approximately 180 police officers total from each borough’s task force, including the horseback and aviation units, came out for the drill, according to police.
“The London response wasn’t that great — they were outnumbered and taken by surprise,” said Mike Codella, a retired NYPD detective. When he was on the force, riot drills happened once a year at most, he said.
The training exercise comes the same week the NYPD has stepped up its monitoring of social media, used to organize mayhem across England and also to coordinate teen mobs in Philadelphia.
Police will now troll sites like Twitter and Facebook for suspicious activity, gang feuds and house parties as part of a new juvenile justice unit.
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