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CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Building on last year’s comprehensive annual training, Washington National Guard members from the 506th Military Police Detachment honed their law enforcement skills during the training this month.

“We wanted to train in an immersive environment, practicing various patrol skills and building situational awareness through scenarios that offered appropriate challenges in terms of level of complexity and pacing,” said Captain Daniel Lamothe, Commander of the 506th Military Police Detachment. “We pushed soldiers to conduct proactive patrols and provided opportunities to identify and respond to situations that require police action or investigation.”

Soldiers from the 506th were tested on their law enforcement abilities from June 3-17. The soldiers began by being exposed to a stun gun and oleoresin capsicum spray.

“The Taser and OC are non-lethal weapons that soldiers may need to use while in the field, so they should be certified for both,” Lamothe said.

Soldiers participated in emergency vehicle operator training with the Washington State Patrol, learning how to drive safely in an emergency and operate patrol vehicles.

During the second week, classroom instruction and practical exercises focused on the elements of crime, collision investigation, search and seizure, report writing, patrol tactics and traffic policy. the use of force. Guard members from the Washington National Guard’s Drug Enforcement Program also provided tactical medical training.

“Our soldiers learned to apply several different techniques such as the proper use of tourniquets to control life-threatening bleeding during healing under fire,” Lamothe said.

To complete the annual training, the soldiers took part in a full-scale law enforcement exercise. The four-day exercise simulated patrol shifts to test a soldier’s problem-solving ability while identifying and responding to a wide range of calls for duty.

“Our military police responded to domestic violence, burglaries, thefts, suspicious vehicles and people, assaults, alarm calls, etc.,” Lamothe said. “They’ve performed exceptionally well during this time, and it shows every day in their work ethic and behavior.”