News: Police Training Center graduates final class in Uruzgan
Story by Sgt. Jessi McCormick
TARIN KOT, AFGHANISTAN - The Police Training Center in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, graduated its final scheduled basic police officer course of Afghan National Police officers April 4, 2013.
The PTC was opened as a temporary training site May 21, 2009. More than 2,000 Afghans have graduated the basic patrolman course, an eight-week course designed to certify students in the essential fundamentals of policing and security, since it opened. The course was originally designed at six weeks, but was extended to eight weeks to include more instruction, such as literacy lessons.
In addition, the PTC has graduated more than 500 students from its noncommissioned officer school.
“Prior to the establishment of the Uruzgan PTC, it was very difficult for the Afghans who volunteered to be police officers to receive training,” said Lt. Col. William Phillips, Security Force Assistance Team commander, Texas National Guard. “Over the past four years, coalition partners have worked together with Afghan police officers to build an expert cadre capable of sustaining police training independent of coalition assistance. That cadre is now operating effectively to improve the security capability of the Uruzgan Police.”
The ANP officers were taught basic policing skills such as police ethics, personnel and vehicle searches, handcuffing, basic patrol/urban operations techniques, defense tactics and weapons safety. The officers also trained on multiple weapons systems that are used in their police stations.
“I expect you to go forth and protect the people of Uruzgan,” said Lt. Col. Del Agha, Afghan Police Training Center commander. “I want peace between the Pashtun and Hazaran people, and I want you to protect everyone.”
All students in the graduating class were already employed at police stations throughout the province. Most had been hired to immediately fill open positions, and sent to the patrolman course when classes were offered for the steadily growing police force.
The courses are taught, administered, and led by qualified Afghan police officers who have previously completed instructor training. The staff at the PTC is expected to receive orders relocating them to other training centers following the final graduation. If this occurs, all equipment will be transported to the regional training center south of Kandahar to further equip their training capabilities.
“The PTC has proven essential to the professional training of police officers in the Uruzgan province,” Phillips said. “It is much more feasible to bring officers from the more remote portions of Uruzgan to this PTC for training. If the PTC closes, the future plan is to have the officers travel to other provinces.”
The PTC also enables courses such as evidence based operations, which consists of basic crime scene investigation, evidence identification, collection and exploitation, fingerprinting, crime scene photography, sketching, as well as first responder basic medical aid and improvised explosive device awareness. This training has made a significant impact in Uruzgan law enforcement.