8 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-285

Kandahar PRT provides assistance in training ANP

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Canadian Forces personnel from ISAF and a Canadian civilian police contingent led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) coordinate efforts to mentor and train ANP candidates in general police work, police station logistics, ethics, checkpoint control, searches, and identifying security concerns.

ISAF’s Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) has a mandate to facilitate the development of a stable, secure and self-sustaining environment for the people of Afghanistan. As part of this mandate, the training of Afghan National Police (ANP) patrolmen is a job that requires a co-ordinated effort.

Training and mentoring of ANP started in August 2005 at the KPRT, and to date, almost 600 ANP patrolmen have received training and mentoring, “To have an opportunity to help train and mentor new police recruits in Afghanistan is a chance of a lifetime,” stated Staff Sergeant Higgins Elliott, with the RCMP.

“There are challenges including the low literacy rate and ongoing ANP operations but the recruits I have seen so far are keen, ready to learn and are very patriotic towards helping to rebuild their country. We are making progress with our ANP recruits every day; this is very rewarding for all the trainers,” added Elliott.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/