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NEWS | July 28, 2016

Train to Detain: 159th Military Police Battalion at Guardian Shield 2016

By U.S. Army Reserve Spc. David Alexander 215th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 159th Military Police Battalion, Criminal Investigation Division, began the two-week Guardian Shield training event at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, S.C. on July 24th, 2016. Guardian Shield is a U.S. Army Reserve training exercise focused on the many different aspects of criminal investigations to include domestic violence, intervention, hostage situations, and reactions to active shooters.

The annual event began in 2010 and was originally designed for Army Reserve CID special agents exclusively. However, Guardian Shield has expanded to include training for non-agent Soldiers as well. Agents will train simultaneously with active duty Soldiers, civilian law enforcement, and international law enforcement.

“The general purpose of [Guardian Shield] is to affect the core competency training of our Army Reserve CID Special Agents, as well as our Drug Suppression Team,” said Lt. Col. John M. Dunn, commander of the 159th MP Battalion.

During this year’s training, numerous speakers from additional law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the DEA, will share best practices and exchange ideas with other Guardian Shield participants. With training offered through Guardian Shield, such as hostage negotiation, 30 special agents will be able to become certified hostage negotiators.

Each year, Guardian Shield evolves to include new training aspects to better prepare Army Reserve CID Soldiers for the variety of threats they may encounter.

“It’s something that we’re continually evaluating at the leadership level in terms of what skills, and what issues we need to address to maintain not just the educational proficiency with classes, but also operational proficiency,” said Dunn.

The instruction and training special agents receive at Guardian Shield will enhance the skills of these Army Reserve professionals who must be proficient in many technical and tactical skills to keep the world safe – whether on a protective service detail, or conducting a criminal investigation in a combat zone.

“We’ll take the totality of this training that we’re doing and bring it into our operative environment that we live and work in, and the threat that we have, and provide the opportunity for our agents to take that back to what their dealing with every single day, both in civilian law enforcement, federal law enforcement, and as special agents in the Army,” said Dunn.