• BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a military policeman and team leader from Washington, Ind., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, discusses a supply tracking system for Adamiyah District Iraqi Police Station with Ragi Shagati Abdullah, an Iraqi policeman here, May 20. "He [Talbert] makes my job easier and gives me advice," said Ragi. "We take that advice and help other IP stations.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a military...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a military policeman and team leader from Washington, Ind., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, discusses a supply tracking system for Adamiyah District Iraqi Police Station with Ragi...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Bischof, a military policeman and platoon sergeant from Louisville, Ky., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, stands guard while his Iraqi Police counterpart talks with the locals in order to provide security and reassurance during a joint patrol at Kessler "White Rose" Market here, May 20. The Adamiyah District IPs passed out literature and tip cards to improve trust in the local neighborhoods.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Bischof, a...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Bischof, a military policeman and platoon sergeant from Louisville, Ky., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, stands guard while his Iraqi Police counterpart talks with the locals in order...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a Washington, Ind., native and a military policeman team leader assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, peeks around a tree while providing security during a joint patrol at Kessler "White Rose" Market here, May 20. "They see how well we operate and want to be more like us," said Talbert. "They take what we suggest and adopt it with their own methods."

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a Washington...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a Washington, Ind., native and a military policeman team leader assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, peeks around a tree while providing security during a joint patrol at Kessler "White...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a military policeman and a team leader from Washington, Ind., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, provides security while an Iraqi policeman hands out newspapers in an effort to open lines of communication with local Iraqis during a joint patrol at Kessler "White Rose" Market here, May 20. The 300th MP Co. Soldiers have been mentoring these IPs for about 12 months. "They [IPs] are eager to become better and eager to make their station better," added Talbert.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a military...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a military policeman and a team leader from Washington, Ind., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, provides security while an Iraqi policeman hands out newspapers in an effort to open lines...

  • BAGHDAD - Cpl. Brian Shipway, a native of Keyser, W.Va., a military policeman team leader assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, provides security during a joint patrol at Kessler "White Rose" Market here, May 20. According to Shipway, the MP Soldiers visit the IPs at least five times a week to provide guidance and mentorship. "I feel that I came over here and did my job to my fullest potential," said Shipway. "I go out every day and give it what I can. If I teach them one thing, it's a success in my book."

    BAGHDAD - Cpl. Brian Shipway, a native of...

    BAGHDAD - Cpl. Brian Shipway, a native of Keyser, W.Va., a military policeman team leader assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, provides security during a joint patrol at Kessler "White Rose" Market here, May 20...

  • BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy, a military policeman and a squad leader from Wildwood, N.J., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, shakes hands with an Iraqi teenager during a joint patrol at Kessler "White Rose" Market here, May 20. The 300th MP Co. Soldiers have taken an over-watch role as more and more responsibility is passed to the IPs. "When we first got here, we've been here for 11 months, we taught them how to move out in formation," said McCarthy. "Now we've moved back and let them do all the talking and intelligence gathering."

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy, a military...

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy, a military policeman and a squad leader from Wildwood, N.J., assigned to the 300th MP Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, shakes hands with an Iraqi teenager during a joint patrol at Kessler "White Rose"...

BAGHDAD - The Adamiyah District Iraqi Police Station here has the task of overseeing six IP stations in its district. In a combat zone, this can be a daunting job, but the Soldiers of the 300th Military Police Company, 91st MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade are here to lend a helping hand.

Soldiers of the 300th MP Co. have worked with these IPs for the last 12 months; earning the trust of their Iraqi counterparts, said Sgt. Jordan Talbert, a police transition team leader from Washington, Ind., assigned to the 300th MP Co.

When the MPs make a suggestion, as little as it might be, the IPs listen.

"It's little things, like wearing their uniform on duty and tucking it in. Also, having the proper weapon and ammo and wearing the proper [personal protective equipment] while on patrol," said Talbert, as a fellow MP points at an IP walking by and tells him to tuck in his powder blue IP shirt.

The practical methods the MPs are teaching the policemen of the Adamiyah District IP Station are also being filtered down to its six other lower echelon stations.

"They [the IPs] are getting a lot better at helping each other out," said Cpl. Brian Shipway, a military police team leader from Keyser, W.Va., attached to the 300th MP Co. "Instead of just me, me, me, you can see the IPs teaching each other at the stations."

To facilitate the training, the MP Soldiers suggest different, more efficient ways of doing things to the district-level IPs, such as tracking gasoline and ammunition through a supply officer.

"This helps alleviate the misplacement of supplies. Now we have a monthly inventory that lets them track where bullets are going," added Talbert. "They see how well we operate and want to be more like us. They take what we suggest and adopt it with their own methods."

According to Zuher Abdulwahab Habib, the Adamiyah District operations commissioner, one of the most practical procedures the Soldiers of the 300th MP Co. have passed on is how to track criminal activities in their area. Using a district map on the wall of the operations center, the IPs employ color-coded push-pins to track murders, rapes, improvised explosive devices, burglaries and other crimes.

"We track with this map where significant things happen so we can send more IPs to areas that are more dangerous," said Zuher, who gets most of his intelligence from the Americans. "We work together as a team and set up a patrol distribution system."

As joint patrols are becoming less and less frequent because of the handover of responsibility, the MPs focus more on helping the community trust the IPs, added Shipway. On patrol, they give the IPs lessons in how to interact with the community they protect.

"Most of the community keeps telling us we are doing a good job," said Zuher, who has been a policeman for over 30 years. "They know we are here to help."

The MPs reinforce the importance of talking with locals and passing out literature and tip cards detailing what to do and who to call if local citizens find themselves in trouble.

"We let them know that the IPs aren't bad people, corrupt people, that they can go to them whenever they have a problem, just like law enforcement back in the States," added Shipway.

After working with and coaching the IPs for almost a year, they have a lot of trust and faith in the MPs to teach them the right things, continued Shipway.

"I feel that I came over here and did my job to my fullest potential," Shipway said. "I go out every day and give it what I can. If I teach them one thing, it's a success in my book."

It will be a success in the history books if the IPs can continue to build upon the foothold that the Soldiers of the 300th MP Co. have given them, helping shape the way the Iraqi Police stations function from the top down.

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