Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Spring 2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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technology which assists agents in identifying trace evidence, such as body fluids in the case of sexual assault investigations. This capability uses changeable bandwidths of light that can be used to look at pieces of evidence with clarity that only spectral wavelength variation offers. "Trace and serological identification are two areas of key application for the capability which has been in use by our field units for about a year but only recently brought into the classroom," noted Fitz. "New candidates going through CID special agent training will have the advantage of this technology in preparing for field assignments." "One of our main priorities here at USAMPS is to review investigative training to ensure we are teaching the most current technology being used in the field. We want our patrol and CID personnel familiar with these capabilities before they have to employ them in an operational environment, thus maximizing mission effectiveness," he added. "Perhaps the single biggest benefit of this alternate light technology to our investigators and agents is the ability to identify materials critical to an investigation at the crime scene itself. These presumptive findings can then be communicated to experts at our forensic laboratory, who are responsible for further, more conclusive examination of evidence; and in a sense dependent upon our investigators identifying and collecting material relevant to the crime being investigated." Readiness through Proactivity With readiness as the Army's number one priority, the service's military police force is continually looking at ways to support that priority. As such, USAMPS develops its training processes to ensure that combined skills are brought to bear in preventing crime as much as solving it, since crime directly affects mission readiness, and often critically so. "Getting good at solving crime is one thing, but getting good at being proactive in crime prevention is another, and one that we are looking at closely," remarked Fitz. Identifying training gaps and requirements is a core endeavor at the school. "In many cases we only need to make minor adjustments to better address support to commanders through a proactive crime prevention program. Crime prevention surveys and logistical security threat assessments are conducted frequently to analyze operational accuracy in following procedural requirements set forth by the Army," he noted. "If units are lax in areas such as equipment inventories and items are removed from that inventory in an unauthorized manner, missing equipment may go unnoticed until units are prepping for deployment and don't have the gear they need – a direct impact on readiness." As part of USAMPS training, students are trained to conduct threat assessments focused on property accountability and ensuring the handling, documentation, and issuance of equipment such as body armor or ammunition Former Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy donned the gear and joined a special reaction team for a hostage retrieval scenario in the Military Police Stem Village area while visiting Fort Leonard Wood. (Michael Curtis, Visual Information Center) APPLYING SKILL TO FIELD ARMY MILITARY POLICE SCHOOL www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Spring 2017 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | 13

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