More than 60 new lieutenants began the train-the-trainer course at the Afghan Public Protection Force Training Center this week.
KABUL – More than 60 new lieutenants recently began the second Afghan Public Protection Force train-the-trainer course at the APPF Training Center on the outskirts of Kabul.
With the presidential mandate for the APPF to take over the security needs of private companies operating in Afghanistan, developing trainers to teach the basic fundamentals of security is a necessity. The group going through the course now includes 36 officers who recently graduated from a Turkish police officer training course; the other 27 are graduates from the Afghan National Police Academy.
Throughout the course the future trainers will learn a variety of skills necessary to teach their future students.
"This course is actually six weeks; the first two weeks they study static guard, the second two weeks [they] will study convoys, and the last two weeks they will study bodyguard techniques,” said 2nd Lt. Fardin Oriakhil, lead trainer instructor for APPF. "We have the U.S. civilian mentors that help us provide good training for this training center.”
The APPF training site started out as a plot of land. However, through the efforts of the Afghan Ministry of Interior and some help from coalition forces, the Afghans were able to build a base of operations with classrooms, barracks and offices.
"I'm very proud of the leadership in the APPF, particularly in the training and education arena and what they've done out here,” said Mr Richard Power, Senior NTM-A Advisor for APPF Education and Training.. "Starting with a bare strip of land and not much infrastructure, and building that infrastructure of what we have today.”
With the growing mission of the APPF, it's training capacity is growing as well.
"Right now we have the capacity for 250 students. In the near future we will have the capacity for 500 students,” said Col. Nawaz Safi, Director of Education and Training for the APPF. ”We are working to build large classes, [a] conference room, convoy field, and ranges. So we have all requirements to teach the students professionally.”
The APPF is also creating mobile training teams in order to increase its overall training capacity, according to Richard Power, senior education and training advisor for the APPF Advisory Group. These MTTs will have the ability to train up to an additional 1,000 guards per month, said Power.
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Seavey
NTM-A Public Affairs