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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

New policing model has Corps' attention

By Cpl. Christopher Duncan | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | November 08, 2012

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Classmates watch as Jeffery Backus (center), a field training officer here, and Cpl. Anthony Martinez, a patrolman with MP Company, work together to examine footprints during a tracking exercise that is part of a class designed to hone their tracking skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

Classmates watch as Jeffery Backus (center), a field training officer here, and Cpl. Anthony Martinez, a patrolman with MP Company, work together to examine footprints during a tracking exercise that is part of a class designed to hone their tracking skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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2nd Lt. Timmothy Beebe, a military police officer here, dusts finger prints left on a mock crime scene during a class designed to hone their skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

2nd Lt. Timmothy Beebe, a military police officer here, dusts finger prints left on a mock crime scene during a class designed to hone their skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Sgt. Christopher Orozco, from the special reaction team here, and LCpl. Paul Turk, also from the SRT, grapple in a field as a section of the class waits away from the group to later analyze the crime scene during a class designed to hone their tracking skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

Sgt. Christopher Orozco, from the special reaction team here, and LCpl. Paul Turk, also from the SRT, grapple in a field as a section of the class waits away from the group to later analyze the crime scene during a class designed to hone their tracking skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Bradley Ducat (left), a field training officer here, briefs 2nd. Lt. Kevin Mills, the 1st platoon commander of Military Police Company, and his team on information he gathered at a mock crime scene during training on the new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

Bradley Ducat (left), a field training officer here, briefs 2nd. Lt. Kevin Mills, the 1st platoon commander of Military Police Company, and his team on information he gathered at a mock crime scene during training on the new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Agent Angel Tommervik (center), with Criminal Investigative Services, briefs  2nd Lt. Kevin Mills (center-right), the 1st platoon commander of Military Police Company, and his team on a mock crime scene scenario during training on the new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

Agent Angel Tommervik (center), with Criminal Investigative Services, briefs 2nd Lt. Kevin Mills (center-right), the 1st platoon commander of Military Police Company, and his team on a mock crime scene scenario during training on the new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Justin Abril (left), a civilian police officer, and 2nd Lt. Timmothy Beebe, a military police officer, measure and photograph finger prints left on a mock crime scene during a class designed to hone their skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

Justin Abril (left), a civilian police officer, and 2nd Lt. Timmothy Beebe, a military police officer, measure and photograph finger prints left on a mock crime scene during a class designed to hone their skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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2nd. Lt. Timmothy Beebe (left), a military police officer, and Justin Abril, a civilian police officer, measure and photograph finger prints left on a mock crime scene during a class designed to hone their skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

2nd. Lt. Timmothy Beebe (left), a military police officer, and Justin Abril, a civilian police officer, measure and photograph finger prints left on a mock crime scene during a class designed to hone their skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Classmates watch as Justin Davis (center), a field training officer here, measures footprints during a tracking exercise that is part of a class designed to hone their tracking skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19.

Classmates watch as Justin Davis (center), a field training officer here, measures footprints during a tracking exercise that is part of a class designed to hone their tracking skills through a new Three-Dimensional Policing Model here Oct. 15-19. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

Military police here have recently begun a new approach to enforcing the law, and the Marine Corps has taken note.

 

Marine and civilian law-enforcement agents began training Oct. 15 to apply a model that takes the standard ways of policing and combines them into a unique, more effective way of conducting operations, according to 1st Lt. Cesar Guerra, assistant operations officer for the Camp Pendleton Provost Marshal’s Office.

 

Combining the standard models -- i.e., intelligence-led, problem-oriented and community-oriented policing models -- is a methodical shift in law-enforcement operations that allows police to rapidly respond to criminal activity and incidents, said Guerra, developer of the new multi-dimensional model.

 

With the new approach, police are able to triangulate problem areas and focus strength and resources rather than blanket the base with forces, according to civilian Capt. Leroy Corte-Real, the PMO operations officer.

 

"As MPs, for the last 20 years, we've been reactive to what we respond to on base. You call and we're there," said Guerra. So what we're trying to do here is three-dimensional policing ... which we feel is a more proactive approach."

 

Guerra said the Marine Corps has adopted the model, and leaders are making efforts to see the methods taught to military police at the academy level.

 

Another dimension to the new model is the incorporation of elements of Combat Hunter, once a Corps-unique skill set used in counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan.

 

Guerra said Combat Hunter skills such as observing and tracking -- or scouting methods that involve following evidence trails -- are applicable in law enforcement on a base as well as in combat operations, and Marines with Combat Hunter skills greatly enhance on-scene police work.

 

"Understanding the atmospherics of an area is important for effective policing," said Col. Gino P. Amoroso, commanding officer of Security and Emergency Services here. "With this training, an officer is better able to identify community safety and security concerns and know how to partner with the community to solve problems.

 

"What we wanted to do is take the skills that Marines are taught in Combat Hunter, which are based in human behavior, profiling and tracking, and adapt those skills to a law-enforcement setting. This is to assure that Marine and civilian officers have the ability to use their environment as an advantage when responding to incidents."


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