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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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21 Spring 2016 By Lieutenant Colonel Jon P. Myers, Chief Bobby S. Lungrin, First Lieutenant Joshua J. Larson, and Sergeant First Class Jason R. Wilburn T he Military Police Corps continues to conduct unit level police initial and sustainment training in a non- standardized, archaic format that varies from instal- lation to installation, unit to unit, and commander to com- mander. By instituting a fve-tier training and certifcation framework, the 519th Military Police Battalion has achieved a systemic, rigorous, and thorough training regimen, which has standardized and increased technical policing profcien- cy and confdence in military police Soldiers. The tiered training concept was developed in an effort to link requisite skills and performance with a commensurate grade and position. The training concept is designed to pro- vide newly arriving military police Soldiers or Department of the Army civilian police offcers (DACPs) with the mini- mum training standards needed to perform law enforcement duties at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The topics instructed in the tiers are selected to provide the highest payoff for the train- ing time invested in the student. The tier training is struc- tured into categories based on the ranks and position levels of the battalion or department of emergency services (DES) population. The courses are based on, and closely resemble, the Louisiana State Peace Offcer Standards and Training program of instruction. In addition to the tier training system, the battalion re- quires each unit to conduct law enforcement scenario-based training lanes after completing a green cycle. These lanes consist of basic military police tasks (Conduct a Traffc Stop, Conduct a Field Interview, Respond to a Domestic Distur- bance); however, the lanes are usually tailored to address the calls for service most recently received on the installa- tion. The law enforcement training and certifcations for each student are tracked by a standard law enforcement packet system. As a student progresses through each tier, his or her progress is tracked on a checklist that is signed by each instructor. The packets are maintained at the unit opera- tions section. Each military police Soldier/DACP is autho- rized to perform garrison law enforcement duties once the necessary certifcations are complete and his or her packet is signed by the battalion commander. Once students com- plete the appropriate tier training (basic certifcation, patrol supervisor, watch offcer), they are required to complete on-the-job training with a senior military police/DACP of similar rank or position. the System Before the development and implementation of the tiered training concept, each company conducted law enforcement training on its own, with only basic guidance and oversight from the battalion and DES staff. Naturally, this approach led to wide variations in the quantity and quality of law en- forcement training that was conducted. The impact to law enforcement was predictable: The profciency varied widely from Soldier to Soldier, company to company, and leader to leader. The tiered training concept addresses the profciency gap by providing a single set of cadre to instruct every class; presenting a uniform set of relevant, high-payoff training topics; and applying a uniform training standard across the formation. The 519th Military Police Battalion operations and train- ing offcer/police operations offcer and noncommissioned of- fcer (NCO) are the primary coordinators for Tier 1. They are responsible for all resourcing and instructor assignments based on the course curriculum. The instructors are subject matter experts (SMEs) who are sourced throughout the battalion, DES, and other agen- cies on the installation. They primarily consist of NCOs who have the requisite experience and instructor certifcations. DES SMEs teach classes such as Army law enforcement re- porting and tracking system and access control point opera- tions classes. The police operations offcer teaches a variety of classes, including training on jurisdiction, policies and procedures, standard operating procedures, traffc stops, high-risk stops, investigations of impaired drivers, report writing, and apprehensions. The Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC), In- terservice Nonlethal Individual Weapons Instructor Course (INIWIC), and basic marksmanship ranges are taught by certifed instructors sourced throughout the battalion. Staff judge advocate SMEs provide classes on proper procedures for testifying in court (Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Mil- itary Justice, Prohibited),

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