569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron, Polizei model American, German partnership

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Milton Hamilton
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ingolf Hubert, left, Polizei head of department of education and training, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Sleger, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron commander, pose for a photo after signing a memorandum of agreement June 6 on Kapaun Air Station. The 569th USFPS and Polizei partnership demonstrates a model of American and German partnership.

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.

Ingolf Hubert, Polizei head of department of education and training, shoots a new stun gun that the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron uses to train their officers June 6 on Kapaun Air Station. The partnership between the U.S. forces and Polizei is built on a solid foundation of respect and rules.

Ingolf Hubert, Polizei head of department of education and training, signs a memorandum of agreement with the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron June 6 on Kapaun Air Station. The MOA also ensures professionalism and competence between U.S. forces and host nation law enforcement organizations.

Stephan Christian, head of unit in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, shoots training bullets at a dummy target June 6 on Kapaun Air Station. The Polizei and the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron signed a memorandum of agreement that formalizes a training and working relationship that began in 1976.

Service members assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron pose with Polizei June 6 on Kapaun Air Station. This join unit responds to over 4,000 calls a year, focusing on the 1,100-square-mile county of Kaiserslautern.