Law enforcement professionals discuss mission focus
May 17, 2011
Law enforcement professionals from across Iraq came together at the deputy commanding general of detainee operations and provost marshal general's Senior Leaders Conference, Camp Victory, Iraq, May 4.
"The conference was an opportunity for all law enforcement professionals, both military and civilian, to come together and share successes and challenges that they have in the IJOA," said Maj. Robert Radwan, executive officer, DCG-DO/PMO, United States Forces-Iraq.
Criminal investigations, detainees operations, law enforcement professional programs, end of mission plans and accomplishments were among the many topics discussed throughout the day.
The quarterly conference hosted more than 50 attendees, many new since the last conference, and allowed them to meet one-on-one, share ideas and build relationships within their military police profession.
Breaks gave the opportunity for attendees to intermingle and introduce themselves to one another. The sidebar conversations allowed for issues to be brought up and possible solutions found through the sharing of knowledge and contacts that the individual law enforcement professionals have, said Radwan.
"We are bringing everyone together so they do not feel that they are operating alone," said Lt. Col. Anita Greenlee, deputy chief of staff, provost marshal office, USF-I.
The cycling of personnel in and out of theater is the reality of the mission. Grasping a clear picture of what is going on throughout a whole country takes time and effort. Conferences afford staff the opportunity to get the big picture.
MPs play an important role in the overall mission, said Maj. Gen. Adolph McQueen, DCG-DO/PMG, USF-I. Closing down the mission in Iraq is a historical event, he said.
Templates and historical information as to how to start decreasing troops while still keeping the mission focus have been created here, said McQueen. "I'm sure that the lessons that we've learned here will help with future operations."
The conference concluded with McQueen's closing comments reminding everyone that the threat is still there and that it is important to keep one eye on the threat while continuing on with the mission.