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Americans Acclimated to Presence of Military on the Streets

The Army Reserve is taking to the roads in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.

“Starting today until Aug.17, soldiers from the 102D Military Police Company will be training on M1117 Armored Security Vehicles on roads in the area,” the sheboyganpress.com wrote on August 5.

“The vehicles can be quite strange and intimidating to the regular viewer. They are heavily armored and about the size of a large SUV,” the Gannett website reported.

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The Army said they “wanted to alert the public to the training dates so residents are not alarmed when a pack of heavily armored military vehicles is driving around the county.”

“It’s a situation where soldiers were trained, but need to get time behind the wheel to stay proficient in the skill set of operating these vehicles,” said Capt. William Geddes of the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Mead, Maryland.

The Army did not explain why soldiers from the Military Police Company are training on civilian roadways.

Military police are trained to provide area security in vehicle patrols and are also trained in handling prisoners of war and other detainees. They receive special training in restraining, searching, and transporting prisoners to detainee camps. MP are also used as prisoner guards at detainee camps.

The Posse Comitatus Act ostensibly prohibits military police from performing the duties of civilian law enforcement, except when martial law is declared.

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