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    American MPs and Polish ZWs conduct joint patrols in Poland

    American MPs and Polish ZWs conduct joint patrols in Poland

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Shane Klestinski | Left to right: U.S. Army Pfc. Paul Santillo, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joshua Bogle, Polish...... read more read more

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 116th Military Police Company patrolled with Polish soldiers from Military Police Outpost Powidz on August 6, 2021, in Powidz and Gneizno, Poland.

    That weekend’s patrols together represent one of the latest forms of partnering between American and Polish forces in Atlantic Resolve, this time between military law enforcement organizations.

    “Patrolling together helps bridge the gap between Polish and American Soldiers so that we know we can rely on each other and work together because we’re familiar with each other’s tactics,” said Sgt. 1st Class Veronica Scott, provost sergeant deployed with the 116th MP Company from Fort Riley, Kansas. “I want our relationship to go further where we can do joint training on ranges and practice other skill sets together.”

    Going forward, joint patrols between deployed American MPs and Polish zandarmeria wojskowa (Polish for “military police,” commonly known as “ZWs”) are scheduled to continue on weekends in the latest effort to improve interoperability between American and Polish allies.

    “I’m very happy that this is actually happening," said Polish army Master Sgt. Kamil Cukier, a ZW assigned to Military Police Outpost Powidz. “These patrols help share our experience and improve our coordination to work better with each other in the future.”

    Soldiers from both sides also got to know each other personally while patrolling, in ways that law enforcement officers usually get acquainted with new partners. Conversation ranged from personal workout routines, to food, to impromptu language lessons.

    “Being able to work together was a great experience,” said Spc. Soyde-Yahve Reales-Medina, a patrolman assigned to the 116th MP Company. “We got to learn a lot about each other and our training – and in certain ways, it’s not that different.”

    The first night of that weekend’s joint patrolling involved a vehicle-based familiarization with different areas of Powidz and Gneizno during an orientation of both towns. On the second night, the MPs and ZWs walked the streets of Powidz on foot together, as the 116th MPs received a more specific introduction to local lakeside and nightspot areas from their Polish counterparts.

    “Patrolling together is a good start to an ongoing relationship,” Scott said. “That weekend’s patrols helped teach us where we have our hot spots and showed a united presence of American and Polish law enforcement to help deter crime. I look forward to seeing how our partnership develops in the future and how our relationship with the ZWs will grow as other units deploy here.”

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    Date Taken: 08.08.2021
    Date Posted: 08.18.2021 17:04
    Story ID: 403285
    Location: POWIDZ, PL 

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