Military Police


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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17 Spring 2016 By Captain Michael C. Howard T he 92d Military Police (Phoenix) Battalion has long taken great pride in providing a highly trained, professional military police force capable of deploy- ing worldwide to conduct military police combat support to full spectrum operations and providing garrison support with chemical assurance and qualifed law enforcement to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. However, military police units include a wide range of military occupational special- ties (MOSs)—not just military police Soldiers. In an effort to integrate the entire team, the 92d Military Police Bat- talion enhanced the professional profciency of its support MOSs by creating the Phoenix Professionalizing the Profes- sionals Program (P4) and sending those support Soldiers to career-enhancing schools and training. The goal was simple: achieve a highly professional, well-rounded military po- lice unit by developing all battalion Soldiers—not just the military police Soldiers. The early stages of the P4 training cycle focus on ensur- ing that military police meet the myriad of qualifcations re- quired to conduct garrison policing operations. All military police Soldiers attend the Phoenix Academy (the battalion military police training program) to become certifed for law enforcement duties. The P4 also incorporates driver's train- ing to ensure that a maximum number of military police Sol- diers are certifed and licensed to provide interchangeability between access control and law enforcement personnel. An- other area of emphasis is on weapons qualifcation and prof- ciency. Soldiers perform a variety of weapons qualifcations, with a primary focus on the M9 pistol, M4 and M500 shotgun to maintain profciency on their duty weapons and maintain law enforcement certifcations. Soldiers also qual- ify on crew-served weapons to maintain combat readiness. The use of the Engagement Skills Trainer to reinforce pre- liminary marksmanship instruction and chemical, biologi- cal, radiological, and nuclear; night fre; and shoot/no shoot scenarios has proven to be benefcial in retaining these criti- cal skills. Additionally, Phoenix Soldiers participate in re- fre drills and complete the Military Police Firearms Qualifcation Course to develop and maintain advanced profciency with their duty weapons. The highlight of the weapons training is a unique live-fre shoothouse in which Soldiers conduct shoot/no shoot scenarios while performing room-clearing techniques using their law enforcement gear. One of the primary goals of the Phoenix Battalion is edu- cating the future leaders of the Army. To further the profes- sionalism of our Soldiers, select individuals attend advanced law enforcement schools in an effort to develop organic sub- ject matter experts. These individuals serve as battalion assets that can share the knowledge gained, increasing the expertise and capacity of the parent company and the bat- talion as a whole. Some of the targeted training courses for these individuals include— • Domestic violence intervention training. • Special reaction team training. • Military police investigation training. • Child abuse prevention and investigation techniques. • Antiterrorism evasive driving training. • Critical incident peer support training. • Inter-Service Nonlethal Individual Weapons Instructor Course. • Personal security training. • Department of the Army civilian police use-of-force train- ing. • Defensive tactics training. • Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System training. • Army law enforcement and tracking system training. One of the key components of P4 is the use of organiza- tions that are not normally associated with Army law en- forcement training. These training opportunities allow the battalion to broaden Soldier expertise and strengthen com- munity relationships. In support of this endeavor, the 92d Military Police Battalion hosted a law enforcement seminar for senior leaders in which outside agencies (the Federal Bu- reau of Investigation, the Kansas City Police Department, the county judiciary, the sheriff's department, and the state attorney general counsel) briefed our leaders to expand po- licing awareness and develop new skills. A large part of the

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