Hands on training for Kentucky MPs

Story and photos by Sgt. Datarra Ignacio-Hooper, 238th Regiment

NOTE: Often, kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by or about Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs. This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airman with the intent of telling their unit’s story. This is one such story ….

31B COURSE 2

Spc. Aaron Lunn (left) performs a mechanical advantage control hold with a baton on Sgt. Joseph Zaragoza during military police training at Wendell H. Ford Regional training Center in Greenville, Ky., March 4, 2013. (KYNG photo by Sgt. Datarra Ignacio-Hooper)

GREENVILLE, Ky. — There was plenty of hands on training taking place at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center involving military police instructors and their students. The 31B Military Police Reclassification Course is designed to prepare the Soldier to perform duties at Skill Level 1 in MOS 31B. According to course instructors, the course contains the critical tasks for duty performance at this level and presents them using sound training methodologies.

“A military police officer does an array of duties” said Sgt. 1st Class Donald Green, an instructor at the 238th Regiment. “Military police are responsible for providing support to the battlefield by conducting area security, internment/resettlement, maneuver and mobility support, law and order, and police intelligence operations.”

31B course 1

Staff Sgt. Cutris Stalcup, a Military Police Instructor briefs students on Search Technique Training and Restraint Techniques during a MP course at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., March 4, 2013. (KYNG photo by Sgt. Datarra Ignacio-Hooper)

Once re-classed, a military police officer will be able to protect lives and property on Army installations by enforcing military laws and regulations, as well as controlling traffic, preventing crime, and responding to emergencies.

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Montgomery, a student in the course said there was a wealth of information in the training, including responsibilities while off military installations..

31B COURSE 3

Spc. Billie Jacobs (left) removes handcuffs from an acting suspect Sgt. 1st Class Michelle Owen during a military police training course at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center March 4, 2013. (KYNG photo by Sgt. Datarra Ignacio-Hooper)

“I enjoyed learning about the new information that was being shared,” he said.  And overall, I’m impressed about how much the MPs are involved in the community.”

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