National Iraqi Police Hone Skills
The coalition has worked to train and assist in the skills being developed on the part of Iraqi National Policemen. A small group of 3rd Infantry Division, 4th BCT, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company C, 4th platoon soldiers has worked extensively with Tahrir Iraqi Police Station officers to make them aware and well trained in the latest police procedures. The subjects taught to the Iraqi Officers include personnel searches and proper vehicle stop and search procedures.
“We are very impressed with how far the Iraqi National Police officers have come in a short time,” said 1st lieutenant Greg Hope, Platoon leader for the 4th Platoon. “We had seriously underestimated how much they had learned, and they are surprising us with their positive performance,” said Lieutenant Hope.
Lieutenant Hope contacted the Tahrir Police Station Chief, Lieutenant Colonel Kareem, and offered to assist with training and skills enrichment. Colonel Kareem readily agreed, so the coalition soldiers began spending time with the Iraqi policemen, working in small groups teaching police skills.
The training has been very successful and led the Coalition soldiers to form some definite conclusions about the Tahrir Police Officers. They observed that they were very motivated to learn, and that they now possess the knowledge to share with their entire police force. The officers and soldiers from the coalition urged Colonel Kareem to form an internal training program to share the learned information.