LAKE CITY ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT, Mo. -- The small-caliber ammunition manufacturing facility, here, responsible for providing munitions for the Department of Defense recently strengthened its security team with two newly-certified police officers.

Joel Trout and Chadwick Potter completed the 45-day training and live-in U.S. Army Civilian Police Academy Course that provided them with law enforcement, antiterrorism, physical security and force protection skills. The academy is one of many courses offered by the U.S. Army Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

As an initial Army civilian police field certification course, the training focuses on basic law enforcement and first responder skills, which require knowledge of authority and jurisdiction, constitutional law, weapons, armed and unarmed use of force, first aid, hazardous material response and more.

Trout has worked in various positions on the LCAAP security force for nearly seven years. He also serves in the Missouri Army National Guard and has completed deployments to Qatar and Ferguson, Mo., during his 10-year military career.

Potter works for Northrup Grumman and was previously an Orbital ATK employee at LCAAP for the past five and half years, where he worked in the production of 5.56mm and .50 caliber small-arms ammunition before being hired as a police officer. He has 11 years of experience as an active duty Army military policeman with deployments to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I enjoyed my time at the academy," said Trout. "It was educational and informative, training me on the various scenarios I may find myself in. It's important to become proficient at the basic level and then develop from there. The academy accomplished just that and more. I'm happy to have completed this step and look forward to applying what I learned."

The U.S. Army Civilian Police Academy Course is accredited through the American Council of Education, Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation, and Veterans Affairs.

Having a security team that is fully trained to perform a wide range of law enforcement and first responder actions is important to the commander responsible for the installation that provides small-caliber ammunition to the Department of Defense.

"Getting these two police officers certified to perform vitally important law enforcement and first responder roles strengthens our defense team and gives me more confidence in our ability to maintain security on the installation," said Lt. Col. Dana Crow, LCAAP commander.

LCAAP is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility run by Northrup Grumman. It is one of 16 installations of the Joint Munitions Command and one of 23 organic industrial bases under the U.S. Army Materiel Command.