Iraqi Recruits Take Training To Prepare Them For Police Academy
The process of learning and training to become an Iraqi Policeman has become smoother. Recruits now have the benefit of a preparation course, designed and constructed by Coalition Forces, to help weed out those people who are not truly cut out to become Iraqi Police Officers
Members of the ePRT transition team from Task Force 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment have began to take more and more of a secondary role. The Iraqi police themselves are becoming more confident and able to assume the lion’s share of training, but the Coalition Forces have remained in the background, giving advice, and training the trainers.
The new course is helping to speed the building of the Iraqi police force. It is an 80-hour preparation course that teaches tactics, drill, physical conditioning, weapons training, and medical classes on basic first Aid. It also gives both the Iraqi Police Instructors and the Coalition trainers a “first look” at the recruits, and it is becoming easier to tell which members of each class are not cut out for police service work.
“We used to have to do all of the training, but the Iraqi instructors have gotten better and better, so now we are in the process of transition,” said Marine Sergeant Mitchell Soper. Sgt. Soper is the Marine PTT team leader, and is the head instructor. “The Iraqi Police Instructors have gotten very good, we are able to increasingly leave it to them, the whole process,” said Soper.
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The Iraqi Police are making excellent progress in different areas across Iraq, both in training of their own personnel, but also in patrol, and security. Increasingly Coalition forces have begun the process of transitioning out of the picture, as Iraqi Police become proficient and more independent.