• An Iraqi Police Special Operations team simulates terrorist assault and capture at Iraqi Police graduation ceremonies at Al Furat, Iraqi Police Training Center, Baghdad, April 15.

    An Iraqi Police Special Operations team...

    An Iraqi Police Special Operations team simulates terrorist assault and capture at Iraqi Police graduation ceremonies at Al Furat, Iraqi Police Training Center, Baghdad, April 15.

  • Terrorist assault and capture demonstrations were conducted by members of the Iraqi Police Special Operations team during the Iraqi Police graduation ceremonies at Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center, Baghdad, April 15.

    Terrorist assault and capture demonstrations...

    Terrorist assault and capture demonstrations were conducted by members of the Iraqi Police Special Operations team during the Iraqi Police graduation ceremonies at Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center, Baghdad, April 15.

  • Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon, deputy commanding general, Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and Col. Byron Freeman, commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, Multi-Nation Division-Baghdad were among the attendees and invited guests at an Iraqi Police graduation, conducted at Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center, Baghdad, April 15. Both Cannon and Freeman are recognized for their contributions for the safe and successful provincial elections, throughout Iraq, in January.  They continue in assisting and enabling the Iraq Police through coaching, mentoring and teaching.

    Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon, deputy commanding...

    Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon, deputy commanding general, Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and Col. Byron Freeman, commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, Multi-Nation Division-Baghdad were among the...

  • BAGHDAD- Maj. Gen. Ali Adnan Yunis (left), director, Provincial Directorate of Police, presents Col. Byron Freeman, commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, and a native of Norfolk, Va., with a token of appreciation for the excellent mission the Soldiers of the 8th MP Bde. have performed in mentoring, coaching and teaching the Iraqi Police, both new recruits and senior officers.  The presentation was a highlight of graduation ceremonies at the Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center, April 15.

    BAGHDAD- Maj. Gen. Ali Adnan Yunis (left)...

    BAGHDAD- Maj. Gen. Ali Adnan Yunis (left), director, Provincial Directorate of Police, presents Col. Byron Freeman, commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, and a native of Norfolk, Va., with a token of appreciation for the excellent mission the...

  • BAGHDAD- New graduates of the Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center proudly drill as the Iraqi flags they hold flutter in the breeze. 537 Iraqi Police recruits graduated April 15.

    BAGHDAD- New graduates of the Al Furat Iraqi...

    BAGHDAD- New graduates of the Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center proudly drill as the Iraqi flags they hold flutter in the breeze. 537 Iraqi Police recruits graduated April 15.

  • BAGHDAD- New Iraqi Police graduates march past the reviewing stand at Al Furat Training Center April 15.

    BAGHDAD- New Iraqi Police graduates march past...

    BAGHDAD- New Iraqi Police graduates march past the reviewing stand at Al Furat Training Center April 15.

BAGHDAD-More than two months ago, 700 plus recruits registered for the rigorous professional police training which would prepare them to become Iraqi Police officers.

Upon the 8-week course's completion this week, those individuals officially joined the ranks of Iraq's Police Force April 15 after a graduation ceremony at the Al Furat Iraqi Police Training Center.

Numbering 537 police patrolmen, they are the fifth Iraqi Police (IP) class to graduate from the Al Furat Iraqi Police Academy in recent months. Last month, a class of 314 IP Shurta graduated. Following graduation, the Shurta are assigned to patrol duties in towns and cities throughout Iraq.

"These regular graduations are tangible proof the Government of Iraq has kept its promise. It offered Iraqi Police jobs and training to those who care for the safety and security of Iraq's communities," said Brig. Gen. Ali Adnan Yunis, commander, Provincial Directorate of Police. "We extend a salute of respect to all those who wish to serve with us. Their service brings honor to their communities."

The 8th Military Police Brigade, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, assisted the Iraqi Police through mentoring, coaching and teaching both new recruits and senior officers.

Maj. Robert Arnold, commander, Baghdad Police Training Teams, 8th Military Police Brigade, who attended the graduation ceremony observed, "Every Iraqi Police graduation points the way forward. More professionally trained officers are on the streets of Baghdad and throughout Iraq; they are restoring a sense of normalcy to cities and towns around the country. They are the citizen's first line of security."

Registration for the next class of IP candidates is due to start before the third week in April.

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