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- n. A unit of the police specifically trained to deal with rioting crowds. They use special equipment for personal defense as well as for crowd control and dispersal.
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Perhaps it was the intangibility of the threat that unnerved him; the Straight Tree Ditch was quiet enough, guarded as it was by leather-jacketed riot police in pairs, strolling up and down, respectfully greeting the commissaris by either saluting or lifting their long truncheons.
The nearby College of San Mateo, which was closed because of violence, reopened December 15, in the words of the school president, "as an armed camp," with riot police stationed throughout the campus.
The Straight Tree Ditch has been patrolled by riot police all afternoon.