News Icon

News: Iraqi Police making waves

Story by Cpl. Paul TorresSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

Iraqi Police making waves Cpl. Paul Torres

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody S. Miller, a Sailor instructor with Riverine Squadron 3, Riverine Detachment 2, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, is pulled back into the boat by Iraqi policemen after simulating an unconscious man-overboard at Lake Qadisiyyah, Iraq, Oct. 4, 2008. The policemen ran scenarios to practice the patrolling maneuvers they had learned from the Riverines. The policemen are taking a 21-day course to learn basic seamanship that will help them patrol the Euphrates River.

By Lance Cpl. Paul M. Torres
Regimental Combat Team 5

HADITHA DAM, Iraq – The Euphrates River fulfills many of the economic needs for the people of Iraq. For all of its advantages though, it does create a challenge for the Iraqi police who are in charge of security for the area.

To remedy this situation, Sailors with Riverine Squadron 3, Riverine Detachment 2, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5 have been holding classes for the IP on basic seamanship.

"We are teaching them the basics so when we leave they will be able to take over patrolling the river," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason H. Gialenes, 24, from Huntington Beach, Calif., who is a gunner and instructor with Riverine Squadron 3.

The policemen in the class came from all over western al-Anbar province to learn everything from knot tying to boat maneuvers as they learn to adapt their police knowledge to aquatic patrolling. For many of the policemen, the 21-day class is there first experience working on boats.

"They are already police officers, so they know how to patrol and move on the land," said Gialenes. "We are trying to get them comfortable with operating the boats."

With policemen from several different police departments in western al-Anbar province and different backgrounds, the Riverines, as the Sailors liked to called, make a point of teaching the policemen to work together.

"Even though some of them come from different tribes, we really tried to emphasize them working as a team," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ramzi Zinnekah, 34, from Palm Springs, Calif., who is an electronics technician and the class instructor with Riverine Squadron 3.

The course is based on Naval seamanship classes that Zinnekah, who is fluent in Arabic, teaches in Arabic. Gialenes then takes the students out for practical application along with several other instructors.

"The classes are good because they teach us, and everyone knows what is going on," said Lt. 1st class Mansour Sa'id Rwaili through an interpreter, who has been with the Haditha-Barwana police force for two years. "Ramzi [Zinnekah] explains things so we know what they want us to do."

Once on the water, the instructors on the boats run scenarios with the policemen in which they practice approaching other crafts and high-speed maneuvering. The policemen even practice "surprise" man-overboard drills to keep them alert.

"[The policemen] are learning really well; like if I jump out of the boat to simulate a man-overboard they know how to respond and get me back on the boat, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Russel E. Osbun, 23, who is from El Centro, Calif., who is a training instructor with Riverine Squadron 3. "I enjoy the cultural exchange and watching them learn something that is going to help them provide a service for their country."


Connected Media
ImagesIraqi Police making waves
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody S. Miller, a Sailor...
ImagesIraqi Police making waves
A group of Iraqi policemen prepare to practice some of...
ImagesIraqi Police making waves
Two rubber boats zip around Lake Qadisiyah, Iraq, Oct....


Web Views
319
Downloads
300

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Iraqi Police making waves, by Cpl Paul Torres, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.08.2008

Date Posted:10.08.2008 10:43

Location:IQ

News Tags

No tags found.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr