14 May 2007

PR# 2007-371

COMISAF visits Afghan National Civil Order Police training camp

MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill, the commander of ISAF, visited the Afghan National Civil Order Police training camp here May 13.


The VIPs witnessed a 90-minute demonstration of training led by Detective Chief Inspector Jürgen Hennig supervising nine German policemen and trainees.  The demonstration included displays of cordoning off roads, controlling protesters and taking protestors in custody.

“The German instructors did a very good job,” said McNeill in praising the policemen.

Accompanying McNeill were U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin, Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan commander with the responsibility of building-up the Afghan civil-military security forces, and Brig. Gen. Josef D. Blotz, Regional Command North commander.

In 2006 the Afghan government established the ANCOP, a newly reformed riot police. Its mission is to support the Afghan National Police during demonstrations.  Its main focus is employing control measures and special security tasks.

Training the Afghan candidates are private U.S. companies and German policemen stationed in Mazar-e Sharif. The aim is to have 5,500 riot police forces available for police service.

On May 17, more than 300 graduating riot policemen will receive letters of appointment from their instructors.

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/