News: Afghan Ministry of Interior officials visit coordinating center
Story by Capt. Kenneth Stewart
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of the National Police Coordination Center visited the Operational Coordination Center East at Forward Operating Base Lightning, Feb. 22 in an effort to build relationships and increase coordination between regional and national security agencies.
The OCCR-East coordinates a myriad of Afghan National Security Forces at the regional level. It was created by a decree from Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The mission of the NPCC is to increase the capacity of Afghan National Police forces to conduct independent operations.
ANP Col. Farouq, chief of current operations at the NPCC, led the Ministry of Interior delegation to Paktya province.
“I came here to visit the OCCR-East and the Afghan Uniformed Police’s 505th Zone,” said Farouq. “They have good coordination, they also have some challenges. I will bring their concerns back to the Ministry of Interior.”
The NPCC focuses its efforts on building the AUP forces. By visiting the OCCR-East, they were able to meet with Afghan police and army members from across the province and coordinate at both the regional and provincial levels.
“Coordinating with the NPCC will make us more effective and helps us to meet the needs of the Afghan people,” said OCCR-E senior adviser, U. S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Kelley of Newnan, Ga.
NPCC delegation member U.S. Army Capt. Melody Moshkowski discussed the work that the NPCC is doing throughout the region to increase security and train security personnel.
“We want to give them the tools necessary to improve police operations within the regional coordination centers,” said Moshkowski. “We want to build the kind of police force that people can trust, respect and look to for leadership.”
As Afghan security forces improve their capabilities, the OCCR-E and its sister coordination centers are slated to take on even greater levels of responsibility.
Work with MOI officials at the NPCC brings regional security forces one step closer to achieving their security objectives and creating greater peace and stability within the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.