Teams Developed As Part Of Special Response Teams
In the United States, the Police and National Guard work to train and maintain Special Transition Police, often called Special Weapons and Tactics Police Officers. They work to be ready when there is an extreme threat to the security or safety of citizens in a region, area, city or neighborhood in the United States. They are also commonly referred to as SWAT teams.
In the nation of Iraq, in January 2008 the MNF Division Baghdad 18th Military Police Brigade decided to work to develop special methods and officers with advanced training ability among the Iraqi Security Forces. These officers would be trained to take care of situations as necessary and as they occur inside of Iraq, much like SWAT team members do inside the United States.
The method of training has been to implement special training for members of the Iraqi Enhanced Police Transition Teams. Together with officers and enlisted men from the Coalition 18th Military Police Brigade. Together they have been working cooperatively, training and equipping the Iraqi ePTT teams to deal with more intensive security situations.
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Members of the 18th Military Police Brigade have been embedded with the Iraqi Police and the Iraqi ePTT teams, working to train and demonstrate successful methods of dealing with severe security threats. They have been highly successful, and in many cases the teams and units have functioned together almost as well oiled units.