Unprecedented Number of Afghan Police Head to FDD Training
By First Lt. Amy Bonanno, ARSIC-South PAO
Kandahar Regional Training Center — For the first time ever, southern Afghanistan has recruited over 560 Afghan National Police (ANP) officers for Focused District Development (FDD) training here. No other region in Afghanistan has reached such high standards nor recruited such a large number of Afghans for police training. This change in the number of trained police officers during the eight-month old FDD program will create an unprecedented number of ANP throughout the country.
“We are rising far and above any other region in this country in recruiting and creating Afghan police officers in the quest to win the fight against the enemies of Afghanistan. Without a doubt, we have the toughest area of operations, we’re in the most volatile region in this country, and we are progressing the most,” said Col. John Cuddy, Regional Police Advisory Commander (RPAC) for southern Afghanistan.
Afghan Regional Security Integration Command- South (ARSIC-S) is utilizing the regional training center in Her-at to meet the demands of training the excessive amount of so many ANP, thereby meeting and exceeding the demand for Afghan National Police officers in southern Afghanistan.
Recently, FDD Phase Four began with over 360 Afghans who are being trained here with more than two hundred being trained in ARSIC-West. All of the police officers are from Kandahar and Zabul Provinces which means that the newly indoctrinated police officers, in eight weeks time, will return to those very districts to provide a professional, highly motivated, strong police force where it is needed most- throughout the regions within southern Afghanistan.
Additionally, FDD Four is training four Afghan females which is a new and unique change to the police training program. While there have been females trained here before, never have so many been trained at once- another positive adjustment which is unprecedented.
“It is quite evident that the Afghan women want to joint thee counterinsurgency fight against the enemies of Afghanistan as much as the Afghan men do,” said Cuddy.
“In our desire to maximize the number of trained ANP in the southern region, we are increased our base of trained ANP,” said Col. Thomas McGrath, ARSIC-S Commander, who added, “Our innovative and aggressive approach towards training in the South is contributing to the safety, security, and long-term progress of the Afghan nation.”
The planning and coordination required to accomplish the task of sending over 560 Afghans to police training was no easy task. Through the efforts of Coalition Forces, other Government Agencies such as Dyncorps International and the U.S. State Dept., and the Afghan National Police leadership the RPAC was able to accomplish much more than anyone expected.
“Adding an extra two hundred- plus FDD-trained ANP to the communities is well worth the effort,” added Cuddy.
The professionalism of the Afghan National Police Instructors, under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Nasrullah Zarifi, the Commander of the Kandahar Regional Training Center, the Dept. of Defense DynCorps International contractors, and the U.S. military trainers here provides a solid, well balanced program of instruction. This professional program of instruction not only allows the flexibility of maximizing the number of students here, but also ensures that the graduating students receive a course of instruction which is unparalleled.
“We’ve come a long in way in a short amount of time in training the ANP and our hard work is paying off as we watch the ANP work effectively as a disciplined, professional fighting force in their districts,” reiterated Cuddy.