News: Afghan police graduate from academy
Story by Sgt. Brendan Mackie
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan – More than 240 police trainees graduated from the Afghan Uniformed Police Basic Course at the police academy, May 24.
“I am eager to be a policeman,” said Ghiasudin, one of the graduating students, “so I can serve my people, protect the society and gain the trust of the people.”
Earning the respect of the people is a huge step towards the overall success and future for security forces in Afghanistan.
“I am sure the security of Afghanistan will improve in the future,” said Ghiasudin, who only wanted to be known by his first name. “Then we will have a good country that is safe for everyone.”
When the police academy was formed, it was totally operated by NATO forces and, overtime, the reigns have been passed off to the Afghan National Police, the parent organization of the AUP.
“The training facility is now Afghan led and they have been doing a good job with the classes,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel C. Shaw, advisor to the camp commander and the non-commissioned officer in charge of the training facility. “They have come a long way from when the academy started.”
The academy’s basic training course is eight weeks long and focuses on various tasks and skills that will help mold trainees into successful police officers.
During the academy, the majority of students said that the literacy lessons were their favorite. “Learning how to read and write was fun for me,” said Ghiasudin.
“All the lessons were good but literacy was especially very good for me,” said Naqibullah, another student known on a first name basis. “Because I am a policeman, I have to know how to read and write.”
The ability to read and write is especially important for these policemen when checking identification cards and inspecting vehicles and corresponding license plates.
“For the police, it is indispensable to have an education,” Naqibullah firmly stated. “Without education, the police cannot do anything.”
The graduating class, although eager, was tuned into the hard job that lies ahead with the ultimate stabilization of their country.
“Our Afghanistan is a war infected country, so we have to provide better security because the security here is not the best,” said Naqibullah. “I have to provide good security – for our society – for my society.”