US MP training Iraqi Police to take the lead
By SOF Editor on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:37am
A U.S. Military Police Company here has worked with Iraqi Police in Maysan province for months to improve their ability to govern and provide security.
The 57th Military Police Company conducts Key Leadership Engagements (KLE) with Iraqi Police leaders at Iraqi Security Force stations. The MPs visit the District Headquarters weekly to collect information on the area, establish training dates and assess the station's daily operations.
"Training the Iraqis isn't always easy, but I'm still proud to have the opportunity to pass on my experiences to the people over here," said Dan Escudero, an international police advisor from New York.
Beyond just KLEs, the 57th has also been training the IP on various law enforcement skills to improve their abilities. They have conducted training on unarmed self defense and personnel and vehicle searches.
"It was good to see them embracing the opportunity to better themselves as Police while we're still here," said Sgt. William Norris, a resident of Springfield, Mo.
The 57th MP Company also had the opportunity to conduct room and building clearing training with IP personnel.
"Even if they just pick up the little things, it can still one day save a life that they wouldn't have the knowledge to do otherwise," explained P.J. Martinez.
By performing continuous Police Transition Team operations in the area, the MP plan to continue building a partnership with the IP leadership that will ultimately allow the IP of Amarah to transition into a fully-independent law enforcement agency.