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173rd Security Forces Squadron partners with local police

Members of Klamath Falls SWAT team catch a ride from a 173rd Security Forces vehicle driven by Master Sgt. Joshua Hilton as they practice their urban assault techniques here at Kingsley Field, March 19, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Adrian Mateos).

Members of Klamath Falls SWAT team catch a ride from a 173rd Security Forces vehicle driven by Master Sgt. Joshua Hilton as they practice their urban assault techniques here at Kingsley Field, March 19, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Adrian Mateos).

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. --

Klamath Falls law enforcement agencies and the 173rd Fighter Wing face challenges where missions with growing demands suffer shrinking resources. Wing and community leaders say partnerships are playing a vital role in maintaining those missions.

Kingsley Field's shooting range and Security Forces training facilities provided the latest venue for the Klamath Falls City Police SWAT Team to partner with the 173rd Fighter Wing, March 19, 2014.

During an exercise the KFPD SWAT Team practiced mounted approaches on an all-terrain vehicle operated by a 173rd Security Forces Defender normally used for recovery operations. Upon dismounting, the team entered and cleared numerous simulated urban training structures on the base.

Those structures called a mount village simulate an urban environment and are the only ones available in the region. Security Forces troops constructed the entire village as a self-help project in their off-duty hours.

"We have saved money for our guys going TDY since the closest facilities are at Camp Rilea and Redmond," said Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Stickel, 173rd Security Forces Superintendent. "It also saves a lot of other local agencies money because they can use the buildings, so it's a good partnership opportunity."

Detective Jack Daniel, SWAT Assistant Team Leader, explained to Airmen and police officers that this partnership allows local law enforcement agencies to provide a high quality training experience to their personnel while reducing training costs. Also, the proximity to the KFPD headquarters allows them to respond to a real-word incident, should the need arise.

Efforts like this garnered the 173rd Fighter Wing the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award for the Air National Guard for its Public-Public, Public-Private (P4) program. P4 is an initiative designed to find new and innovative ways to partner with the local community.