What does DSO mean in terms of police?Impeachment trial details explained
Iram Sherifa KhanFebruary 11, 2021
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What does DSO mean in terms of police?Most of the public is familiar with the acronym because of former President Trump’s impeachment trial and seems confused about what it means.Let’s find out!
Twitter users scratching their heads about what DSO means
Some Twitter users who have been following closely media reports Donald Trump’s impeachment trial appears to be confused about the meaning of the acronym DSO. Is it police language? Military rank?
Is it very hidden? Still made up? They shared their collective confusion about the acronym on Twitter.
@AC360 Hello Anderson! Can you explain what the Capitol Police mean when they say “DSO”?
— Philip Retenauer (@retenauer) February 11, 2021
Q: In Capitol Police one-off audio, the office keeps calling out “DSO.” what is that? I can’t seem to find a good explanation of that acronym anywhere.
— Anne Teepha (@AnneTeepha) February 10, 2021
What does DSO mean in terms of police?
After protests at Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, former President Trump being investigated to determine if he instigated the incident. During the ongoing impeachment trial, the term “DSO” has been heard several times on recordings, and people wondered what it meant.
In terms of police, DSO means domestic security guard. The acronym can be heard in recordings of the Capitol siege when law enforcement officers need extra support against oncoming crowds.
DSOs are primarily used as riot police for crowd control measures such as tear gas, pepper spray, batons and rubber bullets designed to disperse rioters. Their weapons can be lethal and should only be used in the most extreme situations.
Some Twitter users speculated that DSO could also mean “regional security officer” or “departmental strategic objective.”
District security guard? (Guess?) 🤷🏻♀️
— (Anonymous Possum) ❤️💜🤍💙💛. (@chilldenied) February 11, 2021
However, as mentioned earlier, this is not the case.
ongoing impeachment trial
As part of the record of events on Capitol Hill, most of the public was familiar with the term DSO during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Washington post The officer can be heard shouting “Cruiser 50, now give me the DSO! DSO! Multiple law enforcement DSOs, come up!”.
Former President Trump is currently under investigation ‘Inciting deadly thugs’after he refused to admit to being acting president, which is believed to be the cause of the protests.
However, he has not yet been convicted of any crime. At the time of writing, the trial is ongoing and no verdict has been reached.
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Iram is a freelance journalist based in London and holds a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules including Journalism in British Life, Interviewing Techniques and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram worked with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy after college and enjoys studying Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in his spare time.
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