Basic Police Officers Course Overview
The Basic Police Officers Course (BPOC) is 62 training day accredited law enforcement program. The BPOC is a HQMC course of instruction that is accredited by Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA). The course provides basic and advanced law enforcement and security training to Marine Corps civilian and military police officers. The Marine Corps Police Academy provides training that promotes traditional law enforcement functions, to include police patrol, response to calls for service, and traffic management
This BPOC consists of 62 days of classroom and hands-on instruction in firearms, non-lethal weapons tactics and techniques, law enforcement subjects, use of force continuum, force protection and basic reaction force tactics. The course meets the minimum law enforcement training requirements of the Department of Defense, and includes additional subjects approved by the Supporting Establishment Law Enforcement, PS, HQMC.
Topics Addressed Include the Following:
Weapons -Training will include general safety, clearing barrel procedures, and the safe handling and employment of the M-9 service pistol and M1014 Joint Services Combat Shotgun. Students are required to shoot and qualify on each weapon in accordance with MCO 5580.2_ (Law Enforcement Manual)
Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) Training will include Use of Force/Deadly Force continuum, unarmed individual self-defense skills, and Empty Hand Control Techniques (EHCT). Additionally, students will receive training for the safe handling and employment of both the expandable baton and oleoresin capsicum (OC) canister. Training for the use of OC will include; carry methods, spray patterns and general first aid (decontamination) considerations. NLW training will include students receiving direct OC contamination and traversing through separate engagement stations, demonstrating competency in EHCT and employment of the baton.
Law Enforcement -Training involves police ethics, military law, military authority and jurisdiction, law enforcement reports/forms, mobile patrol duties, conducting standardized field sobriety tests, field interviews/frisks, procedures for processing a crime scene, crisis intervention, and the apprehension of individuals to include the application of the use of force and deadly force in practical application laboratory based scenarios that culminate in a comprehensive final exercise.
Force Protection Training consists of basic watch standing skills and responsibilities to include authority and jurisdiction, equipment and logs, controlling access points, detecting surveillance, immediate action, performing personnel and vehicle searches, basic crowd control procedures, and practical application scenarios for effectively performing the duties of a Marine Corps civilian police officer.
First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens First Aid training consists of the National Safety Council's First Aid Taking Action Course which includes adult and pediatric Basic Life Support CPR and Automate External Defibrillator use; Bloodborne pathogens; first aid, rescuing and moving victims, pregnancy and childbirth, bites and stings, etc.
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