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Escort / Chaser Training


Reference:  (a) SECNAVINST 1640.9C

                   (b) BUPERSINST 1640.22

1.  POC: Training Staff, NAVCONBRIG Miramar Det Pearl Harbor,  TEL: 808-472-7377 or DSN: 315-7377

2.  Commands must have qualified escorts to move both pre- and post-trial prisoners to and from the Brig on temporary releases.

To be qualified, personnel must meet screening criteria, attend a one-day Brig Escort Chaser Class and pass a proficiency test.  Successful completion will result in the issuance of an Escort Identification Card (NAVPERS 1640/18). The certification is good for one year.

3.  Exemptions: Army/Marine Corps Military Police, Air Force Security Police, Navy Master-At-Arms and formal NEC/MOS school-trained corrections personnel may be exempt from attending the class, but must meet the screening criteria listed in paragraph (6) below.

4.  Brig Escort Chaser Classes are normally scheduled on the first and third Tuesday of each month.  Reservations are not required nor taken; personnel are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the class is full (up to 30 attendees max).  The class begins promptly at 0800 and early arrival (NLT 0700) is highly encouraged to obtain an available seat. Attendees who show up after the class has begun will be turned away.

5. Per references (a) and (b):

       a. Escorts shall be carefully selected for maturity and the ability to handle emergencies.

       b. Requesting activities shall provide their own escorts for trial, administrative, legal, and  any other appointments for pre-trial prisoners.

       c. Commands with frequent prisoner movements should provide a pool of escorts.

       d. In all cases, at least one escort will be of the same gender as the prisoner.

       e. Escorts will not be required or authorized to carry nightsticks or other weapons.

       f.  Maximum and Medium Custody In (MDI) prisoners must be escorted by at least two escorts. Maximum and Medium Custody In (MDI) prisoners will wear restraints at all times while outside the security perimeter of the Brig.

       g. A military judge (but never a lawyer) may direct that restraints be removed from a prisoner before entering a courtroom.

6. The following are eligibility requirements for personnel attending Escort Chaser Class:

       a. Must be E-4 or above with at least 24 months of active service (after completion of recruit training), regardless of service branch.

       b. Must be mature, emotionally stable, and able to handle emergencies.

       c.  Have no neuropsychiatric disorders, or recorded history of alcohol abuse, or in-service drug use.

       d.  Have no record of conviction by courts-martial in the past 36 months or Non-Judicial Punishment in the past 24 months.

       e.  Have no record of civil court conviction, (except misdemeanor traffic violations).

        f.  Have no physical disabilities.

       g.  Be within service branch body composition standards, and passed most recent service PRT/PFT.

       h.  No prior removal/revocation of escort status.

        i.  Not identified as a witness or victim in a prisoner’s courts-martial.

        j.  Not have failed during last two prior attempts to pass the escort proficiency test.

        k. Screened for eligibility by a command representative of grade E-7 or above.

Escort Training goes every first and third Tuesday of the month. Class starts at 0800 and ends at approximately 1600. Arrive early, the class fills quickly. Once the class is full, or at 0800 (whichever occurs first), no other students will be allowed.


Basic Escort Training
Basic Roles and Responsibilities of an Escort
Administration and Reports
Use of Force (Basic)
Prisoner Movement (Foot & Vehicle)
Security Procedures

Advanced Escort Training

Security Planning
High Risk Prisoners
Low Risk Prisoners
Airport Security Screening
Airport Coordination
Procedures While On-Board
- Approved Credentials
- Notifications
- Conduct in the Airport & on the Aircraft
Additional Recommended Training

Bus Procedures
Bus Loading Procedures
Bus Unloading Procedures

Not everyone meets the criteria to become a brig escort (chaser).   

Escort Screening Letter Format

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