Training Provided By Coalition Gives Police New Skills
The Iraqi Police has undergone a huge amount of change over the last three years. It has gone from a small often-corrupt organization to a fairly large, professionally ran organization with personnel that have been trained and given skills in dealing with citizens and policing issues.
Gradually the Iraqi Police has grown as they have had new personnel that have gone through training led by the Coalition. As new blood and new personnel have been given to the Iraqi police, the police have began to have non commissioned officers that have emerged as leaders in their local Police units. These police personnel have slowly provided leadership that has provided a marked turn around for each of the different Iraqi police units that they participate in.
Leaders from the Marine Corps have worked to train members of the Iraqi police in being effective leaders. Iraqi Police officers from the 2nd National Police division, 8th brigade, 3rd battalion have been working with the Marine Corps, learning small unit leadership skills, and then working to use these skills to lead their Iraqi Police Units.
Skills in cordon and search, first aid, rifle marksmanship and other skills have been taught gradually to these Iraqi police leaders, and they have been making a difference in how the Iraqi police units are administrated. The Iraqi police leaders have adopted the small unit tactics that are used by the Coalition, and this has helped turn around the entire Iraqi Police service.