Over 175 Citizens Sign Up During Tameem Village Drive
Combat Outpost Cashe– Members of the Coalition Task force assigned to assist in the recruitment of new Iraqi National Police Officers were very pleased at the results of a recent recruitment drive.
Soldiers with the 1st Cavalry, 3rd Squadron worked with members of the Iraqi National Police to hold a recruitment drive in the Village of Tameem near Baghdad on March 22nd. There were 175 Iraqi men who waited patiently for their turn in line to sign up.
Iraqi men between the ages of 18 and 35 were required to bring a national ID card and some kind of proof that they had an intermediate or higher education to the recruitment drive. Once they arrived at the recruitment location they had to take a test to show they could read and write.
Additional physical and medical screening was done, and all together it was a very complete process. The Chief of police for Mada’in Qada spent four days interviewing each man that was passed by the earlier tests.
“This is a excellent turn out, because it’s a four day event we can accommodate these numbers,” said 1st Lieutenant Kurt Cheeseman. Lieutenant Cheeseman is with the 3rd Squadron, 1st Calvary.
The effort is to try to expand the official Iraqi National police force with candidates that are qualified and to bring additional professionalism to their ranks. Because the Coalition is assisting there is a lot of different issues that can be visited that might not be able to be accomplished if the Iraqi Police tried to go it alone.