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Camp Pendleton Brig - Chaser Requirements

Escort /Chaser Training

2020 Brig Chaser/Escort Class Schedule and Requirement

Ref: (a) SECNAVINST 1640.9C of 03 Jan 06
       (b) CAMPENO 5000.2 of 14 Aug 2013

1.  POC: Training Staff, Camp Pendleton Base Brig, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055 TEL: 760-725-8560 or 725-8567/8144.

2.  Commands must have qualified escorts to move both pre-trial and post-trial prisoners.  To be qualified, personnel must meet screening criteria, attend a one-day Brig Escort Chaser Class and pass a written proficiency test.  Successful completion will result in the issuance of an Escort Identification Card (NAVPERS 1640/18).  The certification is good for one year.

Click here to download Nomination Letter Template.
Click here to download Unit Chaser Criteria.

3.  Exemptions: The Brig Commanding Officer will make a determination on a case by case basis for Army/Marine Corps Military Police, Air Force Security Forces, Navy Master-At-Arms and formal NEC/MOS school-trained corrections.  Personnel may be exempt from attending the class, but must meet the screening criteria listed in paragraph (6) below.
4.  Brig Escort Chaser Classes are normally scheduled on two Tuesdays of each month.  In order to attend the chaser class, units are required to send a signed copy of the pre-screening letter via e-mail to the Brig Training Staff or have students bring a signed copy to the course.  There is a maximum of 15 attendees per unit but this can be waived depending on the projected attendance.  There is a maximum of 200 seats per course; seats are first come first served.  The class begins promptly at 0730 until 1600. Attendees who show up after 0730 will be turned away.  The scheduled class dates in 2020 include the following:

Note: Chaser courses at 29 Palms will go semi-annually through a designated unit.                                                  

17th CNATT Bldg. 2220

15th CNATT Bldg. 2220
21st CNATT Bldg. 2220

4th CNATT Bldg. 2220
18th CNATT Bldg. 2220

3rd CNATT Bldg. 2220
17th CNATT Bldg. 2220

7th CNATT Bldg. 2220
21st CNATT Bldg. 2220

7th CNATT Bldg. 2220
21st CNATT Bldg. 2220

2nd CNATT Bldg. 2220
16th CNATT Bldg. 2220

7th CNATT Bldg. 2220
21st CNATT Bldg. 2220

4th CNATT Bldg. 2220
18th CNATT Bldg. 2220

1st CNATT Bldg. 2220
15th CNATT Bldg. 2220

6th CNATT Bldg. 2220
20th CNATT Bldg. 2220

3rd CNATT Bldg. 2220
17th CNATT Bldg. 2220

1st CNATT Bldg. 2220
15th CNATT Bldg. 2220



5.  Per references (a), (b), and (c):
    a.  Escorts shall be carefully selected for maturity and the ability to handle emergencies.
    b.  Requesting activities shall provide their own escorts for trial, administrative, legal, and any other appointments for pre-trial prisoners.
    c.  Commands with frequent prisoner movements shall provide a pool of escorts and each trip shall include at least one escort who has traversed the same route in similar transportation.
    d.  In all cases, at least one escort will be of the same gender as the prisoner.
    e.  When transferring or escorting pretrial officers outside of the MCF, the senior escort must be an officer of equal or higher grade.  When transferring or escorting post-trial officers, who have not been sentenced to a dismissal, outside of the MCF, the senior escort shall be an officer.
    f.  Escorts will not be required or authorized to carry nightsticks/batons or other weapons to include Leatherman/Gerbers.
    g.  Maximum (Max) and Medium-In (MDI) prisoners must be escorted by at least two escorts.  Maximum (Max)  and Medium-In (MDI) prisoners shall wear restraints at all times while outside the security perimeter of the Brig.
    h.  A military judge (but never a lawyer) may direct that restraints be removed from a prisoner in a courtroom if, in the judge’s opinion, such restraint is not necessary.
6.  The following are eligibility requirements for personnel attending Camp Pendleton Base Brig Escort Chaser Class:
    a.  Must be 19 years of age or older.
    b.  Must have completed 15 months of active service (after completion of recruit training), regardless of service branch.
    c.  Must have a score on the standard classification test (GT) of 90 or above.
    d.  Have no record of conviction by Courts-Martial or Non-Judicial Punishment in the past 36 months.
    e.  Have no record of civil court conviction, (except misdemeanor traffic violations).
    f.   Have no neuropsychiatric disorders, recorded history of alcohol abuse or in-service drug use.
    g.  Must have no disfigurement or physical impediment that could cause the service member to be ridiculed or otherwise undermine the chasers control of a prisoner. Individuals are not authorized to escort prisoners while on limited or light duty.
    h.  Be within service branch body composition standards and passed most recent service PRT/PFT.     
    i.   No prior removal/revocation of escort status.
    j.  Not have failed the last two attempts to pass the escort written proficiency test. Marines are subject to test and must score a 80% to pass.
    k.  Chasers identified as a witness in a prisoner/detainees trial are not authorized to escort that individual.
    l. Individuals previously confined at the Camp Pendleton Base Brig or NAVCONBRIG Miramar are not eligible to be chasers.     
    m.  Screened for eligibility by a command representative of grade E-7 or above.

7.  Approved personnel must bring a signed copy of the nomination letter to the class.  The required form is available via the link titled “Nomination Letter” on the brig’s website.

8.  All commands are invited to send personnel to the training.  The class begins promptly at 0730 at the Camp Pendleton Base CNATT Bldg. 2220. Attendees need to ensure they park in the parking garage rather than the covered parking lot directly in front of the auditorium. Note taking gear is encouraged as well as something to write on due to the classroom not having desks.  If a significant number of personnel need to be trained, an extra class may be arranged depending on brig instructor availability.

9.  All Chaser/Escort students must park in the parking lot to the North of the building and all motorcyclists must park in a motorcycle parking spot.

10.  Re-certification may be provided without re-attending the standardized course if all of the following conditions are met:
    a.  The service member has previously attended the standardized course.
    b.  Certification is still current (not expired)
    c.  Standards of conduct and use of force are reviewed and acknowledged.
    d.  The service member successfully passes a written proficiency test with 80% or higher.

11.  All escorts supervising prisoners who are assigned outside work details will receive meals prepared by a military mess hall for the detail. At no time will a prisoner be offered a meal not prepared by a military dining facility, i.e., McDonalds, Burger King etc.