POTD: German Tactical Police Train at JMRC

Eric B
by Eric B
POTD: German Tactical Police Train at JMRC

TFB has been running our Photo Of The Day for almost 10 years, and the archives keep growing every day. Thanks to the database, you can search thousands of modern and historic photos of soldiers and firearms. Today we’re looking at German Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) moving under simulated fire during SEK training. The location is the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) near Hohenfels, Germany. SEK specialize in riot control, hostage negotiations, rescue missions, and fighting terrorism.

HOHENFELS, Germany—The Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) hosted annual German Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) training Dec 19-23.

The SEK are police tactical units from the 16 German State Police forces. Members of this group are required to have formal police training and at least 3 years of work-related experience before they apply to be a part of an SEK unit. The SEK requires operatives to be physically and mentally strong, logical, and a willing team member.

The initial training lasts five to eight months to cover a wide range of skills. The SEK will then have annual follow-up training intended to keep SEK members capable of handling themselves during high-stress and dangerous situations.

JMRC provides an ideal environment for SEK training because it gives trainees a real-world, urban setting without having to disturb German citizens. Five trainers and ten trainees from Northern Bavaria came together to train on hostage rescue, raid control, and operations during terroristic attacks.

One Spezialeinsatzkammando (SEK) trainee covers his teammate as he reloads.

The training area contains buildings trainees with multiple points of access. Some rooms may be empty while others have simulated threats, whether it be a cardboard figure or a trainer acting as an assailant a trainee will have to subdue. They also learn to coordinate team movements in an open, outside area as part of a mock raid or an artificial terrorist attack. Both SEK trainees and trainers appreciate United States Army Garrison Bavaria’s cooperation with their training.

A Spezialeinsatzkammando (SEK) trainee confronts an SEK trainer acting as a belligerent assailant during training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center near Hohenfels, Germany on Dec. 20, 2022. JMRC provides a realistic setting for SEK training without disturbing German citizens.

Source: Story by Sgt. Rebecca Call, Joint Multinational Readiness Center.

Eric B
Eric B

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  • IOJ IOJ on Apr 05, 2023

    Is the SEK simulating an assault on an IRA position in the last picture ?

    • ForkTailedDevil ForkTailedDevil on Apr 06, 2023

      @IOJ Since it's an American training area I'm not surprised there's an Irish bar. On a less amusing note the IRA carried out a number of attacks in West Germany. They actually injured a lot of German army troops and their family members in the various attacks, which wouldn't have endeared them to the West Germans at the time