BAGHDAD – One hundred Iraqi police graduated from the civil disorder management course at Camp Dublin, Victory Base Complex Aug. 23.
Instructed by Iraqi police officers and mentored by the NATO Training Mission-Iraq Carabinieri, Italy’s paramilitary training unit, the federal police trainees learn methods of crowd and riot control.
“The civil disorder management course is one of the first courses that the Iraqi police arranged themselves,” said Col. Sergio Di Rosalia, commander of the NTM-I Italian Carabinieri unit. “The Carabinieri’s operational emphasis is on mentoring the training.”
In a demonstration of the skills acquired during the four-week training, a troop of police travel tightly as an element - shields held high, batons banging in unison, creating a wall against the mock civil uprising ahead. As the crowd’s demeanor grows more violent, the armed, mounted unit moves forward to provide apprehension and brings the riot to an end.
Out of breath from exertion in the extreme heat of the mid-day sun, the trainees congratulate each other on the well-executed movement.
“We are getting better at reacting together,” said one of the trainees, satisfied with the progress of his platoon.
The police trainees learn how to use riot-control equipment and how to work as an element, said Lt. Augusto Sorvillo, commander of the Italian Carabinieri tactical training platoon.
“Only if there is a violent reaction from a crowd do they practice an escalation of force,” said Sorvillo.
The Iraqi police are trained to communicate and negotiate first and determine whether more force is necessary, he said. They are taught ground movement for the purpose of controlling a crowd to prevent a riot from occurring.
During this time of transition the frequency of civil unrest may increase, however, Iraq’s effort to maintain stability is increased due to graduates of this course. The civil disorder management course helps Iraqi police protect civilian’s lives from being disrupted negatively and will continue to be offered at Camp Dublin.