Friday, February 13, 2009


Gurkhas train Afghan police

A Military Operations news article

12 Feb 09

Soldiers of 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR) have been helping provide Afghan National Police recruits with the basic skills they will need to provide effective security in their country.

Afghan police trainee practises shooting on the range

An Afghan police trainee practises shooting on the range
[Picture: NATO]

A professional police force is critical if Afghanistan is to overcome an increasing crime rate, the drug trade and rampant corruption, but all this requires training, mentorship and, above all, time.

At a police post on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital city of Helmand province, the Gurkhas have been helping their students acquire basic skills in first aid, patrolling and weapon-handling before they start an intensive eight-week police training course in places like Harat and Kandahar.

At the end of the eight weeks, they will return to Helmand to put their training into practice....

Front page news in the msm, you think? Not so much, of course. But you can read the rest of this great story here.

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