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3rd Annual Tactical Lessons Learned Forum 9 – 13 May 2016

The Forum has become a platform for exchange of information within Military Police (MP) Lessons Learned Community of Interest (COI). By doing so, its objective is to stimulate discussion on Best Practices (BP) for Detention Operations, as well as on the LL process and supporting tools in order to enable the continuous improvement within MP competences. As OF3 Łukasz Waga (NATO MP COE OPR) stated: “It is important to capture BP, as well as enhance recognized MP capabilities, especially in the face of emerging security challenges. Therefore, we have to gather audience that have been dealing with detention operations and would be able to deliver added value as a result of acquired experience with that particular MP activity”.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Annual Tactical Lessons Learned Forum (ATLLF) organised by the NATO Military Police Centre of Excellence (NATO MP COE) takes place in Bydgoszcz, on 9 – 13 May 2016.

1 Aim
The main purpose of the ATLLF is to provide the MP Community of Interest (COI) with an opportunity to come together to share experience and discuss tactical issues of common interest in order to develop Best Practices (BP), as well as reinforce recognised MP capabilities.

2 Objectives
- To promulgate continued interoperability amongst NATO forces, more particularly within the MP COI, throughout capturing BP, LI and LL garnered as part of various military deployments,
- To gather audience that have been dealing with detention operations and could deliver added value as a result of acquired experience with that particular MP activity,
- To bring up each MP function in terms of its application in NATO-led MP activities.

3 Subjects to be discussed
3.1 Detention Operations in NATO – their significance as an MP task – plans
for the future;
3.2 Future Detention Ops as an MP task – “problems identified to be solved” – discussion;
3.3 Possible engagement of MP COI in reviewing NATO doctrine related to detention – proposals and way-ahead; reconciliation of NATO and national requirements;
3.4 Review of detention ops experience – Iraq, Afghanistan;
3.5 Review of detention ops experience – major trainings/exercises
(such as TRIDENT JUNCTURE);
3.6 Exploration of differences in how Captured Persons (CPers) are handled during the full spectrum of operations, as opposed to how it was done under ISAF. Hence, some topics to be considered:
- Mass surrender of combatants,
- Vulnerable populations,
- Child soldiers,
- Gender issues,
- IO/NGO interface,
- Mortuary affairs,
- Relationship to Geneva Convention requirements,
- Validation and inspection of the detention function by military resources, as well as by IO/NGO - impartial agencies,
- Distinction between CPers handling of Prisoners of War (POW) vs detainees (transport, capture, hand-over, processing),
- Exploitation of intel info from CPers population,
- Movement of CPers (air, land, sea),
- Declarations of refugee status by detainees,
- SOF-related CPers issues and concerns,
- Air/Naval CPers concerns.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

1 Meeting Venue

The ATLLF will be held on 09 - 13 May 2016 at the NATO MP COE, Bydgoszcz, Poland

2 Joining Instruction
The attached annex A – Joining Report (click here) should be sent to the OPR for further registration purpose This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 22 April 2016.

3 Conference fee
- 200 PLN (Polish złoty) for each participant,
- Collected during the in-processing. We accept only PLN, cash,
- Bank transfer is possible only up to 7 days in advance (before the event). Details will be explained upon individual’s request; please specify the payment way, once Joining Report is delivered,
- If bank transfer chosen, any additional costs associated with that transfer must be borne by the sender – no additional costs will be incurred by the NATO MP COE.

4 Security Requirements

No requirement for a minimum security clearence (as this course is designated NATO unclassified/releasable to PfP)

5 Language
Only English language will be used during the official part of the event.

6 Dress code
There is no restriction on the dress code being allowed. Military personnel is requested to wear daily working uniform and civilian’s smart casual.

7 Transportation
- No transport support from/to airports will be provided,
- Travel advice from/to airports by train (ICC-booking via http://www.rozklad-pkp.pl/en) and taxi/public transport (http://bydgoszcz.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en),
- During the course days, transport will be provided between the Ikar Hotel and the MP COE free of charge.

8 The NATO MP COE Point of Contact

Officer of Primary Responsibility
OF-3 Łukasz WAGA Office: + 48 261 411 086
Mobile: +48 571 271 514
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