05 September 2010

ANP Leading Security

Yes, it's a puff piece from ISAF Public Affairs, but it's a decent little read about how the USMC is mentoring Afghan police.

Sooner, rather than later, the Marine presence in Nawa will dwindle down as Afghan police and soldiers take over complete responsibility for the security and stability of the region.

At the Nawa District bazaar Sept. 3, a scene from Afghanistan’s possible future unfolds.

Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and Afghan National Police officers from the Nawa District Center Police Station conduct vehicle checkpoints as part of security for the bazaar.

Marines man the checkpoints alone for the first hour, but once the Afghan police arrive the Marines assume a supervisory role and provide additional security. The Marines will assist with searching vehicles if they start piling up, but for the most part the checkpoints are Afghan-led.

“We’re trying to set it up so it’s Afghans helping out Afghans,” said Sgt. Christopher Conaway, a squad leader with Kilo Company. “We want to make sure they can cover this area by themselves whenever we leave.”

Since first partnering with the police more than four months back, Conaway said he’s seen big improvements thanks to training and growing camaraderie.

“We’ve made it our mission to prepare them and enable them to take care of themselves,” Conaway, from Marshall, Mo., said.

By: Brant

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