Fort McCoy News Oct. 14, 2016

Law enforcement practices at Urban-Assault Course

Illinois law-enforcement personnel with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Dixon Police Department complete a training scenario at the Range 41 Urban-Assault Course on Fort McCoy’s North Post.
Illinois law-enforcement personnel with the Lee County Sheriff's
Department and Dixon Police Department complete a training
scenario at the Range 41 Urban-Assault Course on Fort McCoy's
North Post.



Team members plan a training scenario.
Team members plan a training scenario.


A team of three officers reacts to a scenario.
A team of three officers reacts to a scenario.

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

An Illinois law-enforcement team made a three-day visit to Fort McCoy in late September to train at the Range 41 Urban-Assault Course on the installation's North Post.

The team of 13 officers combined from the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Dixon Police Department is called the Joint Operations Group. Its purpose is similar to a special-weapons-and-tactics team, said Officer Lincoln Sharp, a team member with the Dixon Police Department.

"This was our first trip to Fort McCoy as a team," he said.

The team trained almost exclusively at the Urban-Assault Course. The course has several stations and structures for personnel to train with blank ammunition, Simunitions (detergent-filled training ammunition), and live-fire rounds, said Range Scheduling Supervisor Mark Stelzner with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS).

Sharp said the course was "exactly what they needed" to complete their training.

"We don't have structures like this available for us to train where we are, so this (was) new to us and a nice surprise," Sharp said.
Scenarios practiced during training used the latest law-enforcement-specific tactics, techniques, and procedures.

"This also was a great opportunity to build our team skills," Sharp said.

The team used barracks space for lodging while at Fort McCoy. Sharp said the accommodations, training venues, and support from the installation staff were excellent.

"It was nice to be able to come here and take advantage of your nice facilities," Sharp said. "They worked out perfectly for our training scenarios."

Law-enforcement personnel regularly conduct urban-style training at Fort McCoy. The facilities used often include two fully instrumented urban training sites, a 25-building Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, a 20-building Collective Training Facility, and three wireless-instrumented Combat in the Cities facilities.

For more information about Fort McCoy training opportunities, call the DPTMS Training Division at 608-388-5038.