The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron and Polizei signed a memorandum of agreement, that demonstrates a model of American and German partnership June 6 on Vogelweh Military Complex.
The partnership between host nation law enforcement and U.S. forces can be traced back to 1976, when U.S. Air Forces in Europe ceded Wiesbaden to the U.S. Army and moved all major operations west of the Rhine River.
Polizei and U.S. Forces police have joint patrols three nights a week in Kaiserslautern and coordinate support for festivals and special events throughout Rheinland-Pfalz each year.
This joint unit responds to over 4,000 calls a year, focusing on the 1,100 square mile county of Kaiserslatuern, while also partnering with the U.S. Army Garisson Rheinland-Pfalz’s Department of Emergency Services and Army Military Police.
“The MOA also ensures professionalism and competence between U.S. Forces and host nation law enforcement organizations,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Sleger, 569th U.S. Forces Police Sqaudron commander. “The North Atlantic Treaty Orginization’s Status of Force Agreement along with other MOAs provide specific authorities for U.S. military law enforcement agencies to operate anywhere SOFA-status personnel are present within Germany.”
The partnership between U.S. forces and Polizei is built on a solid foundation of guidelines.
“This partnership has ensured each officer’s fundamental understanding of the organization’s roles and responsibilities as they work to support the local community of nearly 54,000 SOFA personnel,” said Sleger.