News: Military Police hone skills before they patrol Fort Bragg
By Jessica Kuhn
49th Public Affairs Detachment
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Almost every job has its own version of an orientation for incoming employees before they start work. The Army's military police also follow along in the same tradition. However, their orientation may be considered a little more intense to the typical nine to five worker.
The law enforcement orientation course is a mandated orientation for all MP soldiers before they can perform a single-person patrol at Fort Bragg.
The course is meant to help military police officers provide a professional service to the Fort Bragg community as well as make their job easier, said Officer James J. Morge, who serves as an instructor of LEOC.
"The initial course is two weeks, but if they've been to Fort Bragg before, they go through a one week refresher," said Morge.
The two week course consists of several different training exercises, which helps MPs refine their skills and better prepare them for their upcoming duties.
"Some of the training exercises included are taught in the class room, for example: communication skills, orienting them with the gates security guards and procedures; processing of evidence, [and] pathogens; responding to domestic violence; paper work; crime scene protection; juvenile procedures; and gang awareness," explained Morge.
Although a lot of the exercises can be taught in a class room setting, some of them are more beneficial in an outdoor environment with hands-on training.
For instance, on the standardized field sobriety test day, actual people come in after a few drinks and allow the soldiers to observe them to see certain common behaviors and also practice performing the right procedures correctly, said Morge.
The next round of training included the emergency vehicle operation course where the Soldiers negotiate two different courses in their vehicles under challenging circumstances, explained Morge.
Finally, on the last day of the course, each student is sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray and then tasked to complete four different obstacles before being able to go to the water point and wash out their eyes, said Morge.
"They are sprayed with pepper spray so that they know how to react if sprayed while retaining a suspect," said Officer Art Barry, who serves as a LEOC instructor.
The 16th MP Brigade along with the Provost Marshall Office are responsible for operating the LEOC.
"[The] LEOC is a working process; we are trying to revamp it to better help prepare the Soldiers for patrolling here at Fort Bragg and also help prepare them for when they go down range," said Morge. "Specifically, one of the MPs main jobs now while deployed is to help train the Iraqi Police."
Altogether, the training is combined to help prepare and alert the Soldiers for what they might expect while out on patrol.
Date Posted:01.14.2009 14:54
Location:FORT BRAGG, NC, US
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