19 March 2010


British forces train Afghan Police in finer points of policing

A Military Operations news article

16 Mar 10

Increasing levels of security in Musa Qal'ah are enabling the Afghan National Police, mentored and aided by British military and civilian personnel, to adopt more conventional policing skills.

Royal Military Policewoman instructs Afghan Police

Corporal Natasha Richards, Royal Military Police, instructs some of the up and coming members of the Afghan National Police in Musa Qal'ah
[Picture: SSgt Will Craig, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]

Every day the police of Musa Qal'ah lead combined patrols with British soldiers through the town's bazaar and out to the remote patrol bases manned by their colleagues in the desert and the Green Zone.

The Afghan National Police (ANP) rely on their local knowledge of the area, their relationship with the community, and their keen sense to notice what is abnormal.

While British soldiers patrolling with them carry equipment to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the ANP can often give an indication of potential sites so that the British troops can set to work confirming the deadly presence of an IED.

But this is not all the ANP do. Now, in an atmosphere of growing stability in Musa Qal'ah, the ANP are adopting more conventional policing skills....

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