U.S. Military Police help Iraqi Police officers get their monthly pay
Airman 1st Class Amanda Houser of Detachment 3, 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron scans the iris of an Iraqi policeman's eye at Joint Security Station Black Lion in Baghdad, Iraq Jan. 30. The scan was part of an identification process to verify information about officers from the Hy al Amil Iraqi Police and Patrol Station during their monthly pay process.

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Service members assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade here helped process nearly 200 Iraqi Police officers from the Hy al Amil Police and Patrol Station here who came to Joint Security Station Black Lion Jan. 31 to receive their monthly pay from the station commissioner.

The policemen were paid after completing security verification that identified them using an eye iris scan and identification checks, and an inspection and inventory of their assigned weapons.

For the third consecutive month, members of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron performed the security and identification checks.

The security force squads observed a much improved process this month compared to payday activities they witnessed in the last two months.

"This is the third time we have done this," said the 732nd's Tech. Sgt. Robert Shoemake, an assistant flight chief who has worked alongside the Hy al Amil officers since his unit arrived in Iraq four months ago. "Things went smooth, now that all the IP are in our tracking system."

The 732nd is on duty here with the 18th MP Brigade's 716th Military Police Battalion. The brigade is a U.S. Army Europe unit headquartered in Mannheim, Germany.

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