News: Afghan police enhance district-level logistics in Uruzgan
Story by 1st Lt. Cari Smith
TARIN KOT, Afghanistan – Afghan police in Uruzgan province are making logistics a priority through a training program that commenced Dec. 22, 2012 at the provincial police headquarters.
“This program is designed to train Afghan police officers in the administrative tasks that accompany supply, maintenance and transportation,” Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Dombrowski, Uruzgan Police Headquarters Security Force Advisory Team logistics officer said.
The centerpiece of the program was Lt. Col. Mohammad Jan, the logistics officer for the Uruzgan Provincial Afghan Uniformed Police, who instructed six police officers in preparation for their upcoming district-level logistics positions.
Jan’s formal training includes two months at the Kabul Regional Training Center, two logistics courses in Kandahar and three years as an instructor at the Kandahar Police Training Center. Based upon his own training experiences he chose several specific focus areas during the week-long logistics course.
“The areas that are most important for logistics officers are filling out Ministry of Interior Form 14 [supply request forms], tracking reports, equipment resupply, as well as distributing and the proper storage of supplies,” Jan said. “It is very beneficial and essential that the police receive this training so they can solve the district level logistic problems.”
The six AUP trainees were selected from various positions in the PHQ to be sent to work at the district headquarters. One officer, 2nd Lt. Fazil Rabi is retraining from human resources to logistics.
“I really enjoyed this training, because I will soon be posted to another district,” Rabi said.
To assist the police, the Uruzgan Police Headquarters SFAT from the Texas Army National Guard was on hand during the Afghan Uniformed Police-led logistics training.
Dombrowski, who regularly mentors Jan, continues to encourage the development of the AUP logistics systems. He gave minimal input as needed and monitored the AUP training.
“Mohammad Jan is very qualified—he is doing all the teaching,” Dombrowski said. “My job is just to coach and put him in the right direction. We see some room for improvement from this training, but overall he is very knowledgeable and the police are getting good training.”
Jan currently performs logistic duties for the districts in addition to his regular duties at the provincial police headquarters. Dombrowski said students of this class will make Jan’s job significantly easier, as the districts will soon be capable of requesting their own supplies and equipment.
According to Jan, challenges still exist in route security to some locations, but most of the districts don’t have resupply issues. He also discussed taking advantage of the coalition’s expertise.
“We still have one year left with the coalition advisers and during that time we will conduct a lot of training so we can have more professional officers,” Jan said.
“Logistics is the backbone to any military or police organization,” Dombrowski said. “The AUP will build their self sufficiency with the experience and professionalism of police officers like Jan.”