☷Missouri National Guard SPP partner Panama conduct SMEE
National Guard ( By Press Release office)
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PANAMA CITY , Panama – The Missouri National Guard recently traveled to Panama to participate in a State Partnership Program subject matter expert exchange with law enforcement and protection agencies . MONG’s 35th Military Police Brigade sent a subject matter expert team led by 1st Sgt . Jason Copley of the 3175th Military Police Company . The group included Sgt . 1st Class Joel Combs ( also 3175th ) , Staff Sgt . Jaymes Dooley ( 1139th Military Police Company ) , and Staff Sgt . William Rudd ( 1175th Military Police Company ) . Their mission was to lead discussions on securing a crime scene , collecting evidence and residential search warrant procedures . The exchange included practical exercises in describing and logging evidence , macro photography and DNA collection . Panama’s 12 participants represented National Aeronaval Service , Institutional Protection Service , National Border Service and the Panamanian National Police . The Panamanian partners presented several case studies and best practices and compared evidence - gathering techniques with MONG’s Military Police . The Missouri National Guard has enjoyed a formal partnership with Panama since 1996 . The partnership strengthens relationships by sharing best practices across many topics . Innovation helped keep the partnership active during the COVID - 19 pandemic . Missouri participated in eight virtual SMEEs , enabling collaboration to continue until travel was possible . Cpt . Anna Gutierrez , director of the Missouri National Guard’s State Partnership Program , was excited to be back to normal operations . “We have missed these opportunities to meet face - to - face , ” she said . “Something is lost when we are not together . We develop stronger relationships and better collaboration within these exchanges when we can physically be together . And this partnership is very important to Missouri , so we are glad to be back at it . ”Missouri Guard 1st Sgt . Jason Copley , a military policeman and a civilian police officer with the Springfield Police Department , agreed . “These partnerships are beneficial to everybody involved . … It helps us address the trends that each country is seeing and how we combat that trend , ” Copley said . “This program encourages that exchange of information to allow us to change our TTPs ( tactics , techniques and procedures ) , or simply adjust our TTPs … to change our training and be better prepared . ”Diego Chiru , a 2nd lieutenant working in search and rescue for the Servicio Nacional Aeronaval , was glad to be a part of the exchange . “The communication that we had … the exchanges , and also our participation helps us to make it ( the SMEE ) complete , ” Chiru said . “It has been very relevant for me and my colleagues because there were many things that we didn’t know . Especially when we were sharing about collecting evidence . ”Missouri will participate in two more exchanges in the next couple of months . The next event will focus on civil disturbances . Later in the year , there will be an exchange focused on cybersecurity .
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