Afghan Police receive trainer's certifications
February 21, 2013
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - Nearly one dozen Afghan Border and Uniformed Police from the district of Spin Boldak completed a Counter-Improvised Explosive Device train-the-trainer course Feb. 19 near Spin Boldak, Afghanistan.
By completing the course, the policemen earned a trainer's certificate that enables them to teach what they have learned to their units.
The training taught the ABP and AUP the tactics, techniques and procedures used by the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan to counter the improvised explosive device threat and can help save Afghan soldiers' lives, said Kharullah Habibullah, an ABP member who completed the course.
Task Force Paladin members, who specialize in training Afghan National Security Forces to defeat improvised explosive devices, travel around Afghanistan teaching the course in order to build a cadre of Afghan trainers.
The course was set in crawl, walk and run phases that consisted of classroom lessons, sand tables and a practical exercise, said Bill Whitlock, the leader of the TF Paladin team that taught the course.
"They caught on real quick," said Whitlock. "You could tell right from the start they were engaged immediately."
The individual ABP and AUP commands in the district sent hand picked members of the their units to complete the training. The commanders further enabled it by providing a training area and assisting ISAF units in securing it.
"Their command was involved," said Whitlock. "Everybody either did training or provided security."
To receive a certificate, the students had to demonstrate their knowledge by conducting briefs for the cadre, creating their own sand tables and walking the training lanes to identify hazards.
An awards ceremony was held for the students where they received praise from their commanders, a class picture and the coveted trainer's certificate that will allow them to help their fellow police members stay safe.