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716th Military Police Battalion: Military police officers train to keep Fort Campbell safe

By 2nd Lt Ronnieka Fleming 716th Military Police Battalion

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As the force for policing operations throughout the Fort Campbell community, the Peacekeepers of the 716th Military Police Battalion take pride in training their Soldiers to be critical and proficient when patrolling the roads.

 

The battalion recently wrapped up another successful law enforcement training seminar.

 

“LETS [law enforcement training seminar] provides Soldiers a refresher on their MP skills, making sure they are ready to go to work for Fort Campbell,” said Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Whitehouse, operations sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarter Detachment, 716th MPs. “The training also keeps Soldiers updated on current installation policies, regulations and state laws since they change wherever you go throughout the Army.”

 

LETS, a three-week course, incorporates classroom and hands-on training. Classroom instruction includes effective techniques on how to conduct routine and high-risk traffic stops, standard field sobriety tests, access control point operations, RADAR/LIDAR training, non-lethal weapons training, as well as review of the laws and regulations for Fort Campbell.

 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is one of the many outside agencies that works closely with the Fort Campbell Provost Marshal and MPs. An agent with the toxicology division provided a lecture about the different levels of sobriety and things to look for when dealing with a person who is impaired. Participants trained on a Draeger, a portable breathalyzer, like the one located at the Provost Marshal’s Office. This instruction provided the MPs training on how to perform a field sobriety test.

 

“This training has definitely made me a more competent and confident MP on the road,” said 2nd Lt. Michael Giles, a graduate from a previous LETS class. “The training is a great way to get introduced to Tennessee and Kentucky laws, something I did not receive in my initial MP training before coming to Fort Campbell.”

  

During the emergency vehicle operations course, Soldiers learned how to safely drive at high speeds while responding to priority calls on the installation.

 

“It is imperative as noncommissioned officers and first-line leaders to our Soldiers to train them on what right looks like,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Beene, the LETS course coordinator.

 

Although more than 50 Soldiers completed the training, law enforcement is a continuous learning process. The MPs will go on to complete a series of advanced policing schools including domestic violence intervention training, military police investigations and traffic accident investigations at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.