• Post law enforcers train for situations

    • email print
  • Tisha Swart-Entwistle | Staff Writer
    Fort Leavenworth Military Police and Department of the Army Police recently participated in Wolverine Week — a weeklong law enforcement training that included everything from physical fitness to active shooter scenarios.
    Sgt. 1st Class Josh Roberts, 500th MP Detachment, said the extensive training was actually running two weeks to get everyone cycled through and cover regular law enforcement operations.
    “It’s 40 hours of training,” Roberts said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything this extensive at one time.”
    The week began with a physical fitness test, CPR certification and use of an automated external defibrillator. The training throughout the week also included emergency vehicle operations at Sherman Army Airfield, law enforcement weapons qualification at Kinder Range and active-shooter training at the Unified School District 207 Annex. The culmination was a law enforcement exercise on the last day of training.
    “The law enforcement exercise is pretty much a mock patrol shift set up where these guys respond to calls and they are being evaluated on their proficiency to respond to these different calls,” Roberts said.
    Staff. Sgt. Leonardo Tocaven, Directorate of Emergency Services operations sergeant, said the training is a requirement, but it is also good to brush up on the skills and be prepared for anything. Tocaven was involved in the logistics of the training, securing locations and scheduling.
    Tocaven said the recent events in Las Vegas were definitely on everyone’s minds as they participated in the active-shooter scenarios on Oct. 5 in the USD 207 Annex.
    “God forbid it would happen here,” Tocaven said. “But, as you’ve seen, it could happen anywhere, anytime.”
    On Oct. 1 a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, leaving 58 people dead and 489 injured.
    “I think in any police officer’s mind, there’s always going to be that thought, ‘hey maybe today,’” Tocaven said. “So, if something happens, we have to be ready for it.”
    Spc. Justin Peyton, 67th Military Police Detachment (Military Working Dog), Special Troops Battalion, and Spc. Devon Keiper, 500th MP Detachment, STB, participated in the active shooter training on Oct. 5.
    Both soldiers said they have been in the Army a little more than four years and have been through this kind of training several times and take it very seriously. They agreed that the Las Vegas shooting was on their minds as they went through the active-shooter scenarios.
    “Anything can happen at any moment,” Peyton said. “You have to be prepared.”
    The training is important and the hands-on aspect is crucial, Peyton said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Most people, when we train, take it pretty seriously,” Keiper said. “Just because there have been so many (shootings) in the U.S. and around the world recently.”
    Exercise observer/controller Sgt. Aaron Sands, special reaction team-certified patrol supervisor with the 500th, spent the day watching and critiquing as the soldiers and civilians went through the scenario two at a time.
    “I’m just looking at how you guys are going to be clearing the rooms and then afterwards I’ll be telling you ‘this is what we need to work on’ and ‘this is what you guys did good,’” Sands told Peyton and Keiper before they did their first walk through.
    In the morning, the active-shooter training was more of a dry run with critiques. Sim rounds (paintball rounds) were added to the scenarios in the afternoon for the second part of the training.
    Peyton said he thought he and Keiper did pretty good on their first time through.
    “We communicate well,” Peyton said.
    “Right before we started, we consulted real quick to make sure we were on the same page,” Keiper said.
    Sands agreed that the pair did well, but needed to be closer together and move a bit faster. He explained to the pair that they need to focus on their partner, that they were not there for themselves but for each other, to have each other’s backs.
    “You guys are good on communication, communication is key,” Sands said. “If you’re not talking to your partner, you’re getting shot.”
  • Comment or view comments