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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 4 Chief Warrant Offcer Five Leroy Shamburger Regimental Chief Warrant Officer I recently read an article entitled "Collaborative Partnerships to Solve Community Issues," which appeared in the October 2013 issue of The Police Chief. According to the article, the defnition of the term collaboration includes "common purpose, shared goals, or a joint effort" and the defnition of the term community policing resources includes "community partnerships and problem-solving techniques." Partnerships in community policing are described as "essentially fall[ing] into place with two components: police working in partnership with others and residents being proactive and engaged in their neighborhoods." The article indicates that "When the police partner with reputable community-focused organizations, the partnerships they create demonstrate increased credibility to the community, which allows police organizations to be more effective." Furthermore, it describes thriving communities as "those where law enforcement is engaged with varied cross-sector partners serving, restoring, and sustaining a community" and suggests that the residents of some communities have low levels of trust in law enforcement personnel caused by "a general distrust for authority or lack of understanding of police procedure, language, or techniques" or "a negative experience with misconduct by the police." Finally, the article states that "Perhaps most of all, distrust occurs when there is a lack of a relationship between residents and law enforcement. Distrust of police creates a barrier when dealing with crime and people . . . ." 1 I believe that the authors of the article are trying to drive home the point that community policing consists of more than police offcers walking around neighborhoods. Proper community policing requires that the police and the community become more involved in the process. There must be a common purpose, shared goals, and a joint effort between law enforcement personnel and the community. I am sure that many communities across the United States are tremendously successful in using these techniques. And these techniques are working well at many of our camps, posts, and stations around the world. As military police, we are constantly under the watchful eyes of our communities and we serve as signifcant contributors to successful, collaborative partnerships on our military installations. Although we are doing a phenomenal job of policing our communities, we still have much more work to do. Our interactions with communities determine whether community members trust law enforcement personnel; therefore, we must perform our jobs in a dignifed, respectful manner. We must continue to build trust— not tear it down through misconduct. If community members don't trust us, it will be diffcult to collaborate with them, which will make it more diffcult to reduce crime. With respect to the success of collaborative partnerships, I think that our military communities have a distinct advantage over civilian communities. Simply put, we have shared values, missions, and goals and a common purpose. We have rules, regulations, and policies that contribute to good order and discipline. Very early in our careers, we are indoctrinated into the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfess service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. And according to Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 1, The Army Profession, trust is "the bedrock of our profession." 2 Soldiers trust one another—and they trust their commanders. Units trust one another. Our Nation trusts its Army. And Soldiers, Family members, Department of Defense civilians, and retirees trust military police to keep installation residents safe. Furthermore, senior leaders trust in the ability of military police to accomplish that mission 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To maintain the trust and confdence that senior leaders and military communities have in the Military Police Corps, we must continue to serve as competent, committed professionals of character. We must conduct our operations in a proactive manner, with an eye toward prevention or getting left of the bang. Primitive operations are generally viewed by commanders and the community in a positive light; but if conducted improperly, they can be viewed in a negative way. For example, if military police are hiding in the woods and operating radar with the intent of catching speeders, commanders and the community will view this as a negative means of speed control. If the intent is to reduce speed, a better technique might involve parking a patrol car with fashing lights in a location where it is easily seen by the public. I'm not saying that we should stop writing citations for individuals who violate the law. I'm saying that writing citations is not the reason for our existence. According to the Military Police Regimental Strategy (commonly referred to as the box top), our mission is to "provide professional policing, investigations, corrections, and security and mobility support across the full range of military operations in order to enable protection and promote the rule of law" to preserve the force. 3 Preserving the fghting force is all about helping leaders prevent incidents that degrade the force. Our men and women need to be ready and available to fght our future wars. Of the Troops and For the Troops—Assist, Protect, Defend (continued on page 20) RCWO.1.indd 6 3/21/2014 1:06:15 PM

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