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40 Commando help train latest batch of Afghan police officers

40 Commando help train latest batch of Afghan police officers

11/12/2012

Royal Marines have helped the latest batch of Afghan police complete their training in Helmand. The trainees spent their final week of instruction receiving expert tuition on 40 Commando’s ranges at HMS Price, the hub of the Bickleigh-based marines’ operation in Helmand.

These 12 Afghan Local Policemen completing training improves security because it will basically provide security for the local villagers
Captain Lee Piper, Royal Marine

A Royal Marines commando hands certificates of graduation out to the latest batch of Afghan Local Policemen to complete training with the help of the men of 40 Commando.

A dozen policemen graduated from the three-week course at a ceremony at District Police Headquarters in Gereshk attended by both their Afghan Uniform Police instructors and their International Security Assistance Force mentors.

The course comprises two weeks’ instruction in the classroom, delivered by the Afghan Uniform Police who teach policing, military and counter-improvised explosive device skills.

The final week is spent on the ranges at HMS Price – the hub of 40 Commando’s mission in Helmand – where the green berets hone the local police’s marksmanship and weapon-handling abilities.

Like other nations, Afghanistan has various police forces fulfilling various functions.

The Afghan Uniform Police, easily recognisable in Afghanistan by their gun-metal blue uniforms, are the national law enforcement agency.

Afghan Local Police, or ALP, wear a khaki uniform and are a local police force drawn from the local area – much like community support officers in the UK.

Capt Lee Piper RM, the ALP Liaison Officer with 40 Commando, explained the role of the newly-qualified officers:

“These 12 Afghan Local Policemen completing training improves security because it will basically provide security for the local villagers.

"They have intimate knowledge of the local area for the Afghan National Police.”

This was the second graduation ceremony in the past month.

“It shows that training of the local police has come a long way,” said Capt Kristian Hansen, the Afghan National Security Forces Development Officer with the Danish Army based at HMS Price.

“It’s now organised and taking place on a regular basis thus making the ALP a better and more coherent security force.”

The newly-graduated officers will now man check points in the south of the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Central Helmand.

Their presence in the area is key to the improving security situation in the area, allowing British forces to hand over security responsibility for the area to Afghan National Security Forces.

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