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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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Spring 2016 35 detainees from the cap- turing unit, searching the detainees upon ar- rival, completing each of the required forms based on the information avail- able, conducting strip searches of detainees during in-processing, fa- cilitating medical exami- nations of the detainees by the company medics, collecting and recording each detainee's biomet- ric information, escort- ing detainees within the facility, guarding de- tainees in their holding areas, and reacting to an escape attempt as a guard. The Soldiers and their team leaders had the opportunity to go through each task, and they received feedback on their performance. They also had the opportunity to observe other teams conducting the same tasks, which allowed them to learn from the suc- cesses and mistakes of their peers. During squad certifcations, the 988th Military Police Company built upon the skills refned during team certifca- tions. Instead of training at an existing DHA site, the squads constructed a scaled-down version of a DHA, including hold- ing tents, triple-strand concertina wire perimeters, and an in-processing facility. Teams executed their tasks through- out the DHA, while the squad leaders supervised the inte- grated DHA operations. This ensured the smooth of de- tainees through in-processing and the proper supervision of detainees within the facility. In addition, the squad leaders coordinated the response to various contingency scenarios such as uncooperative detainees or detainees attempting to escape. Execution As the 988th Military Police Company arrived at the training site for platoon certifcations, it established pe- rimeter security, a DHA, a sleeping area, an eating area, a motor pool, and the company tactical operations center. During Week 8, Soldiers mowed grass, hammered stakes, and stretched concertina wire, while the rain poured and the mud got deeper. Platoon sergeants coordinated their efforts, and the executive offcer continued to provide resources, which ensured that the company area and the DHA were ready for 24-hour operations by the beginning of Week 9. Once Week 9 arrived and platoon certifcations began, the management of work and rest cycles became one of the most critical chal- lenges. With only three pla- toons available to secure and operate the DHA, each pla- toon ran 24-hour operations. In each 24-hour period, one platoon conducted perimeter security, one operated the DHA (in-processing and guarding the detainees), and one provided quick-reaction forces. The quick-reaction forces consisted of one squad on a 5-minute recall for exter- nal threats, one squad on a Soldiers of the 988th Military Police Company construct the perimeter of the DHA. A squad leader meets with a village elder to address concerns about personnel detained in the DHA.

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