JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —
Two Airmen from the 673d Security Forces Squadron started a six-month-long training course at the Anchorage Police Department’s Officer Academy, Dec. 17, 2018.
Staff Sgt. Jacob Sleik and Airman 1st Class Joshua Worley, patrolmen at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, are the first security forces troops to be chosen for this training.
“They were selected based on their maturity and experience in law enforcement,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kerry Thompson, 673d SFS operations superintendent. “They also went through a selection process by our squadron’s senior noncommissioned officers.”
Due to the good relationship between JBER security forces and the APD, the doors were opened for this opportunity.
“We reached out to the APD to see if they had any additional training that we could receive,” Thompson said. “They told us they would be more than willing to allot us two positions for their academy.”
Some of the training the academy offers includes defensive driving tactics, first aid, emergency vehicle operations course, survival, ground fighting and firearms techniques.
Higher productiveness and efficiency are some of the benefits of the training for the already outstanding Airmen.
“This is a force multiplier for us,” Thompson said. “Having the ability to learn a different skill set and having additional tools in their tool boxes helps our Airmen do a better job -- after all, knowledge is power.”
With the additional specialized training, Airmen have an opportunity to grow.
“From this type of schooling, we are able to take away huge amounts of training,” Sleik said. “Once we get back to JBER, we can teach other Airmen what we’ve learned and show them other ways of doing things. It doesn’t have to be a better way, just a different one.”
Although it’s only been a month since they started the academy training, it has already proven extremely effective for both patrolmen.
“The academy training has been a professional and enjoyable learning environment, but still a fun experience,” Sleik said. “It has been very informative, helpful and accommodating. Overall, it’s a wealth of knowledge that most people won’t be able to get, and I’m happy I was selected to attend it.”