Following the seizure of Renacer Prison, detainees and former civilian prisoners were moved to the prisoner of war interrogation (IPW) cage at Empire Range. During processing, it was learned that some had either been tagged incorrectly or not tagged at all. The unexpected numbers of detainees and a shortage of Spanish-speaking interrogators made processing slow and difficult, which was compounded by capturing unit omissions in handling procedures.
Processing of captured personnel varied. Two examples of areas that required specific attention are the use of six digit grid coordinates instead of street names and the proper recording of Spanish surnames (matronyms and patronyms).
- Make tagging of detainees part of routine unit training. Information on the tags is essential for initial prisoner screening. Tags should be resilient to the effects of weather, rough handling and be difficult to remove. Squad leaders should have a basic load of tags with items preprinted.
- Make forms and tags used to process EPWs and displaced civilians (DCs) bilingual to help soldiers in filling out the forms quickly and correctly. Using the save tags and forms assists in combined operations and work with local civil authorities.
- Issue flex cuffs and other lightweight equipment to squads used to control EPWs. They should be included in any pre-planned resupply packages. Soldiers must be trained on their proper use and practice with them.
- Refine procedures and SOPs for moving EPWs from field locations by aircraft. Units should be equipped and trained in the procedures for both Army and Air Force aircraft.
- Plan for female detainees/EPWs and outline procedures for their initial and subsequent processing.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|