During our last week of law and order training, we conducted a practical exercise where we actually used patrol cars to drive around base. On the side of these cars it read, “MP Student.” It was set up like an actual patrol vehicle. We responded to different calls throughout the day that were set up in a mock training area. During our day shift, my partner and I responded to a sexual assault, crime scene, traffic stop, conducting traffic, and an active shooter. One day we had day shift and the other day we had swing shift that led into late evening. During our swing shift, we responded to an access control point, DUI, and a domestic disturbance.
During the whole mock experience, we used radios to communicate in order to maneuver to our different destinations. It felt really awesome to experience the radio system and how communication works between patrols. The day I had off from shift, I was a role player. I was the RTO which I’m guessing stands for Radio Transmission Officer, for the swing shift. I was responsible for getting the patrols to every destination during their shift, including a break for dinner chow. The RTO was referred to as Warlord for the call sign. There were twenty patrols I had to monitor. I felt I did a great job as RTO as it takes some intellect for the duty.
It was really awesome driving around post just my partner and I. Whenever we were in between calls, we just enjoyed a cruise around our patrol area. I liked driving around at night on our swing shift. I don’t know what it is, but I like the nighttime driving listening to the radio traffic. It gets me excited for an actual police job when I return home.
The final law and order exercise (LEX) was definitely a blast and ended way too soon for me.
Until next time,