FORT KNOX, Ky. – More than 30 Soldiers with the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conducted joint police and crime scene training with police officers from Elizabethtown, Ky., in preparation for possible future combat operations Nov. 15 at the Elizabethtown Police Department.
The 6th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. Soldiers were selected to be trained in crime scene processing, search and seizure, arrest procedures and interviewing techniques in order to give the squadron the capacity to train Afghan national security forces in future combat and stability operations, while also building a positive image for the squadron and developing positive rapport with Elizabethtown city leaders.
“With the group we have here, we are emphasizing crime scene response and preservation, crime scene processing, evidence collection, search and seizure and a little constitutional law,” said Detective Peter Chytla, Elizabethtown Police.
“Later, we will be working on interviewing and interrogation techniques, and in the afternoon, they’ll be doing actual physical arrests.”
Soldiers worked together with police officers and detectives from the Elizabethtown Police Department to gain familiarity with the civilian side of crime scene processing, which could be valuable information to have while deployed to a contemporary operating environment.
“We went over how to execute search warrants, how to investigate crime scenes and different ways to question people,” said Sgt. Gregory Goodrich, Troop B. “I think the crime scene investigation will give us another look and different tactics to talk with people downrange.”
After completing classroom instruction, Soldiers discussed case processing, Miranda Rights and how to search rooms. A few Soldiers also will have the opportunity to ride along with the patrolling officers, receiving additional training in policing techniques and law enforcement.
“I’m glad these guys can get some training they can actually utilize in what they’re going to be doing, and I’m hoping what they get from us can help them in their mission,” Chytla said. “We’ve trained with military in the past, for our SWAT team, but never in investigative capabilities, which is great. I think it’s a great idea, and, hopefully, they’ll get something out of the training itself, as well as doing the ride-a-longs.”
By 1st Lt. Ben Sasaki
3rd IBCT Public affairs
1st Lt. Ben Sasaki | 3RD IBCT
Detective Peter Chytla instructs Soldiers with the 6th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. about crime scene processing Nov. 15 at the Elizabethtown Police Department, Elizabethtown, Ky. The Soldiers were selected to be trained in crime scene processing, search and seizure, arrest procedures and interviewing techniques to give the squadron the capacity to train ANSF in future combat and stability operations.