Officials from nearly 40 cities are using phone conference calls to share ideas on how to deal with Occupy Wall Street protests, reports the Associated Press. The best conventional wisdom now suggests that cities should not set public deadlines for eviction because that serves to rally the demonstrators. Ultimatums likewise only seem to incite protestors. And cities that have managed to disassemble encampments suggest that parks be fenced off to prevent a new occupation.
As concerns over safety and sanitation grew at the encampments over the last month, officials commiserated over how best to deal with the leaderless movement. From Atlanta to Washington, D.C., officials talked about how authorities could make camps safe for protesters and the community. Officials also learned about the kinds of problems they could expect from cities with larger and more established protest encampments. The Police Executive Research Forum organized calls on Oct. 11 and Nov. 4.