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Corps regionalizes civilian police training

By Lance Cpl. Austin Hazard | Marine Corps Air Station Yuma | April 16, 2009

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Kevin McGillvray, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine Corps Police Academy cadet, orders a suspect to step out of his vehicle during a known-risk traffic stop exercise in a parking lot on station April 8, 2009. The exercise was part of McGillvray’s final law enforcement performance evaluation. McGillvray is one of the last 13 cadets to graduate from the station academy. Future cadets will be sent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., academy, along with cadets from each West Coast installation.

Kevin McGillvray, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine Corps Police Academy cadet, orders a suspect to step out of his vehicle during a known-risk traffic stop exercise in a parking lot on station April 8, 2009. The exercise was part of McGillvray’s final law enforcement performance evaluation. McGillvray is one of the last 13 cadets to graduate from the station academy. Future cadets will be sent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., academy, along with cadets from each West Coast installation. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Hazard)


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Jazz Sadik, left, and Jose Arguilles, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine Corps Police Academy cadets, apprehend Pfc. Paul Henry during a known-risk traffic stop exercise in a parking lot on station April 8, 2009. Arguelles and Sadik are part of the last class of cadets to be trained in Yuma. Future cadets will be sent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., academy, along with other West Coast installation cadets.

Jazz Sadik, left, and Jose Arguilles, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine Corps Police Academy cadets, apprehend Pfc. Paul Henry during a known-risk traffic stop exercise in a parking lot on station April 8, 2009. Arguelles and Sadik are part of the last class of cadets to be trained in Yuma. Future cadets will be sent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., academy, along with other West Coast installation cadets. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Hazard)


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Jose Arguelles, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine Corps Police Academy cadet, searches Pfc. Paul Henry while Jazz Sadik, academy cadet, provides cover during a known-risk traffic stop exercise in a parking lot on station April 8, 2009. Arguelles and Sadik are part of the last class of cadets to be trained by the Yuma academy. Future station cadets will be sent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., academy, along with cadets from other West Coast installations.

Jose Arguelles, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Marine Corps Police Academy cadet, searches Pfc. Paul Henry while Jazz Sadik, academy cadet, provides cover during a known-risk traffic stop exercise in a parking lot on station April 8, 2009. Arguelles and Sadik are part of the last class of cadets to be trained by the Yuma academy. Future station cadets will be sent to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., academy, along with cadets from other West Coast installations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Austin Hazard)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. -- Due to consolidation of the Marine Corps’ civilian police academies into one West Coast and one East Coast location, the final class of station-trained civilian police cadets graduated at the theater here April 16, 2009.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., will be the site of the West Coast academy and Camp Lejeune, N.C., will have the East Coast school.

“Up until now, each base has been holding its own academy,” said Brian Benbow, station academy lead instructor. “It was the same for the East Coast.”

The station provost marshal and his staff will still select Yuma’s cadets, but will send them to Miramar for their training.

“Everything’s the same there as it is here,” said Benbow. “They practice the same scenarios, have the same syllabus and lesson plans.”

Regionalizing the academies also simplifies and standardizes the training, said police Capt. Jordan Rogers, Yuma's deputy provost marshal.

“This will make training more consistent across the board,” said Rogers. “It will ensure everyone is taught the same techniques and tactics so that no one needs to be retrained on anything.”

Additionally, with the academy in Miramar, the station’s instructors can redirect their focus to overall military and civilian police training here, said Rogers.

“They’ll be providing more hands-on, scenario-based training,” said Rogers. “It’ll be more in-depth and relevant, even to our (security augments).”

There are still some possible drawbacks to the change, according to some recent academy graduates.

“This is the place you’re going to work at,” said Peter Madriles, a recent graduate. “The way we experienced the academy, we got to know the station while we trained. That won’t be as true with future cadets.”

Though new cadets will be trained in Miramar, they will still receive training here after they graduate.

“They still have to learn how to do their jobs here,” said Rogers. “Once they get back, they have to learn the streets and intersections in base housing, important buildings on base, the different units and where they are, and operations specific to the air station.”

While at the Miramar academy, each class of which is approximately 10 weeks long, cadets will be provided with barracks rooms and monthly meal allotments.

The first regionalized academy class is scheduled to begin later in April.



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