Home : Media : News : News Article View

Office of Special Investigations Hosts Subject Matter Expert Exchange with Federated States of Micronesia Police

By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Crisp | 36th Wing Public Affair | Nov. 20, 2020

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Office of Special Investigations (OSI) 6th Field Investigations Region Special Missions Branch in Guam hosted a virtual subject matter expert exchange with members of the Federated States of Micronesia (FMS) National Police and Pohnpei State Police to discuss presumptive drug test kits Nov. 18.

The kits are comprised of pouches of one or more chemical reagents. Suspected narcotics are placed into the pouch and gently squeezed to crush a glass vial, releasing the chemical reagent. When a predictable color or series of colors occur within a specific testing sequence, a positive confirmation may be presumed. A forensic laboratory is then required to qualitatively identify an unknown substance before a positive identification can be made.

“These kinds of tests aren’t meant to prove, with 100 percent certainty, the existence of illegal drugs,” said Special Agent Andrew Cox, OSI 6th FIR. “But, the results may help build a case or develop probable cause, which can lead to search warrants. A negative result may also save time for law enforcement and suspects by quickly indicating the substance is not an illicit drug.”

The exchange was requested by the FSM Department of Justice to help with narcotics investigations, and was intended to help members of law enforcement build capacity and strengthen procedures in administering drug testing kits.

“It is common for defense attorneys to cast doubt on evidence during litigation based on the level of an officer’s training,” said Cox. “Giving the officers this knowledge exchange will help boost the officers’ credentials in the courtroom. Sharing this type of knowledge with law enforcement is a big part of what we do.”

This exchange is the continuation of a growing relationship between the Guam OSI Special Missions Branch and Oceania law enforcement community. Hilario Bermanis, director of the FSM National Police Training and Development Division, thanked OSI and the entire team for their continued support and assistance to their law enforcement community. The attendees agreed the exchange was very beneficial and should be conducted again soon, wanting additional patrol officers to experience it.

"There wasn’t anything in place for the presumptive tests. We built it from scratch for the exchange," said Cox. “We’ve done things like this recently, such as crime scene processing and COVID mitigation. Either through exchanges or trainings, the line of communication with law enforcement in Oceania is strengthening.”

The OSI Special Missions Branch personnel look forward to continuing this partnership to support law enforcement in the FSM.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
278,599
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Concludes Cooperative Deployment with Royal Australian Navy
The Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, from the
Nov. 25, 2020 - INDIAN OCEAN -- The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, consisting of USS Nimitz (CVN-68),

Thanksgiving Feed-the-Troops Tradition Continues Despite COVID-19
Airmen, Soldiers, veterans and their families gather for the Chaplains Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 15, 2018 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. The annual event is held to provide a free holiday meal and build esprit de corps amongst those who have served and are currently serving.
Nov. 25, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different for just about everyone this year thanks

5th Air Force Vice Commander Visits Misawa Air Base
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, 5th AF command chief, prepare to walk into the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 23, 2020. During their two-day visit, Kosinski and McCool received mission briefs from various 35th Fighter Wing units and agencies, had the opportunity to meet and interact with Airmen, and learn about the various roles Team Misawa members play to keep their community safe.
Nov. 25, 2020 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, and

C-130J Super Hercules refuels F-22 Raptors Using Aerial Bulk Fuel Delivery System
An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron completes a hot refuel from a fuel bladder carried by a C-130J Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, during a Dynamic Force Employment at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Nov. 22, 2020. DFE is an operational platform that allows our forces to be strategically predictable and operationally unpredictable. The U.S. Air Force is postured and ready to respond to crises and contingencies throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, contributing to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Nov. 25, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --A C-130J Super Hercules conducted a hot-pit refuel of a

Andersen AFB to Host 69th Annual Operation Christmas Drop
Loadmasters with the 36th Airlift Squadron out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, watch as the four 

Low-Cost, Low-Altitude humanitarian assistance bundles they just airdropped parachute down to those in need during Operation Christmas Drop 2019, at Nomwin, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 13, 2019. In its 68th year, OCD is the world’s longest running humanitarian assistance airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people across 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)
Nov. 25, 2020 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Operation Christmas Drop is a U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored