In the News

In the News Archive
April 2017 (2)
March 2017 (3)
February 2017 (4)
January 2017 (5)
December 2016 (3)
November 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
September 2016 (2)
April 2016 (2)
March 2016 (2)
February 2016 (5)
January 2016 (1)
December 2015 (1)
November 2015 (4)
October 2015 (4)
September 2015 (4)
August 2015 (6)
July 2015 (7)
June 2015 (5)
May 2015 (4)
April 2015 (3)
March 2015 (4)
February 2015 (1)
January 2015 (3)
December 2014 (6)
November 2014 (7)
October 2014 (2)
September 2014 (8)
August 2014 (12)
July 2014 (7)
June 2014 (5)
May 2014 (3)
April 2014 (8)
March 2014 (6)
February 2014 (6)
January 2014 (6)
December 2013 (5)
November 2013 (3)
October 2013 (8)
September 2013 (9)
August 2013 (4)
July 2013 (3)
June 2013 (1)
May 2013 (5)
April 2013 (10)
March 2013 (7)
February 2013 (3)
January 2013 (3)
December 2012 (4)
November 2012 (2)
October 2012 (3)
September 2012 (2)
August 2012 (6)
July 2012 (7)
June 2012 (3)
May 2012 (4)
April 2012 (9)
March 2012 (8)
February 2012 (4)
December 2011 (1)
November 2011 (2)
October 2011 (1)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (1)
June 2011 (5)
May 2011 (1)
April 2011 (1)
March 2011 (6)
February 2011 (3)
January 2011 (2)
December 2010 (3)
November 2010 (1)
September 2010 (2)
August 2010 (3)
July 2010 (3)
June 2010 (3)
May 2010 (7)
April 2010 (2)
March 2010 (3)
February 2010 (2)
January 2010 (1)
December 2009 (7)
November 2009 (2)
October 2009 (1)
September 2009 (5)
August 2009 (2)
July 2009 (3)
June 2009 (2)
May 2009 (3)
April 2009 (4)
March 2009 (4)
February 2009 (3)
January 2009 (6)
December 2008 (4)
November 2008 (3)
October 2008 (1)
September 2008 (1)
August 2008 (3)
July 2008 (1)
June 2008 (1)
May 2008 (1)
April 2008 (2)
March 2008 (1)
January 2008 (2)
October 2007 (1)
September 2007 (1)
July 2007 (1)
May 2007 (1)
March 2007 (1)
January 2007 (1)
November 2006 (1)
August 2006 (2)
June 2006 (3)

Wyo. Guard soldiers train as peace officers

By Daniel Butterfield | 133rd Engineer Company, Wyoming Army National Guard | November 17, 2016

RELATED MEDIA
Wyo Guard Train as Peace Officers   (Related Story)

Approximately 70 members of the 133rd Engineer Company, Wyoming Army National Guard, began their November drill weekend a little differently, by being exposed to pepper spray. That began 20 hours of training for members of the Wyoming National Guard Response Force.

In addition to learning about the spray, or oleoresin capsicum, and its effects, they also became proficient with the expandable baton, learned use of force concepts and how to use Tasers effectively.

The training was conducted by members of the 153rd Security Forces Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, and the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy.

“The goal is to meet the NGRF requirement of having soldiers that are ready in the instance that we have to support law enforcement,” said Tech. Sgt. Chance Walkama, with the 153rd SFS and the NGRF training leader. “To do it the most effective way is to get those members training from the law enforcement academy that is going to be identical to the people they will be assisting if they are called upon.”

The NGRF is trained to deploy quickly and has six validated missions: site security; presence patrol (show of force); establishment of road blocks and check points; control of civil disturbance; weapons of mass destruction civil support team force protection and security (being able to operate in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive environment); and assisting in protection of selected sites in support of a lead agency.

“This training is certified from (Peace Officers Standards and Training), put on by the academy, and basically certifies that these individuals can use the non-lethal OC which is oleoresin capsicum, baton and Taser,” said Walkama. “Then they’ll gain perspective in the use of force of that by having a four-hour use-of-force class. They are seeing, they are reacting the same way law enforcement will be versus in a deployment. This is going to give them the same street-wise perspective that would benefit law enforcement better.”

Jesse Curtis, basic program supervisor at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, lead custody control instructor for the state of Wyoming, and one of the two use-of-force instructors in the state, taught the basic expandable baton portion of the training. He led the soldiers through a myriad of scenarios they could encounter if called upon as peace officers.

“They will have another set of options to control people who are resisting in a reasonable manner, using strikes, managing range, and using locking concepts, particularly when dealing with violent individuals, provided they continue training,” said Curtis.

When the training wrapped up Sunday afternoon, the soldiers received certificates of their 20 hours of law enforcement training and will be POST certified, provided they passed the hands-on training and a written test. And more than a few enjoyed the training and would be willing to participate again.

“I like this sort of stuff,” said Spc. Morgan Buckendorf, 133rd Engineer Company. “I’ve never done any stick fighting. I’ve done jujitsu and some MMA so some of the blocks, hand blocks, I knew but other than that, it’s all pretty new to me.”

And if Buckendorf is needed, Walkama is sure she’ll be ready.

“When called upon they’ll have the tools to be able to not only defend themselves but support their community in the best way possible, and be able to justify any use of force that they might have to use.”