Military Police

SPRING 2014

Military Police contains information about military police functions in maneuver and mobility support, area security, law and order, internment/resettlement, and police intelligence operations.

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MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 40 I t is a typical bright, hot day in Kuwait. At the Theater Field Confnement Facility, Camp Arifjan, a construction crew moves and arranges large, concrete force protection barriers. A military police Soldier is overseeing an inmate who is clearing trash. The guard and the inmate begin to tussle, and the inmate breaks free. But this escape is planned. The "inmate" is actually another military police Soldier wearing an orange jumpsuit and participating in a scheduled exercise. For the U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers of Detachment 1, 450th Military Police Company—who are responsible for the only Level 1 confnement facility for military members in the Middle East—it is a real, if unlikely, threat. According to the detachment commander, the purpose of the exercise was to test the unit emergency plan for dealing with inmate escapes and to make any necessary improvements to the plan. This was the frst opportunity for the unit to conduct the training since arriving in Kuwait. It was also the frst time such an exercise had been held at Camp Arifjan since 2010. The emphasis of the exercise was on ensuring that the unit could quickly contact the appropriate agencies in the event of an inmate escape. In the United States, where escaped inmates can get off post, reaction time is crucial. Although escapees in Kuwait have nowhere to go, they can still cause By Sergeant Jennifer Spradlin A U.S. Soldier plays the role of an escaped inmate during a training exercise at Camp Arifjan. Spradlin.1.indd 42 3/21/2014 1:08:33 PM

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