Guide on Law Enforcement Equipment Most Commonly Used in the Policing of Assemblies

How to document equipment used during the policing of protests

This guide, developed jointly by ODIHR and Omega, seeks to share some of the technical knowledge monitors need to accurately and independently document the presence and manner of use of law enforcement equipment during public as-semblies. Enhanced awareness of law enforcement equipment can help assembly monitors to identify inappropriate weapons or equipment, to document incidents of the potentially unlawful use of force, to provide additional evidence when abuses are alleged, and to identify the law enforcement agencies, units or individuals responsi-ble, thus contributing to increased accountability. Increased technical knowledge of equipment enables monitors to make more detailed recommendations and initiate follow-up actions where appropriate