Paktika Provincial Chief of Police Dawlat Khan, holds the first law enforcement conference within his province, June 9. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Howell)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 24, 2012) — Commanders from the Afghan National Police, Afghan Local Police, the District Chiefs of Police along with the Paktika Provincial Chief of Police gathered together in Sharan district for the first area law enforcement conference, June 9.
During this conference, the PCoP addressed the law enforcement interests of Paktika province, as the eventual withdrawal of coalition forces approaches. One of the main topics covered were the tasks and responsibilities of the ALP within their villages.
"Their duty is to secure their own land, get the bad guys out of their village and maintain respect for their elders,” said Dwlat Khan, Paktika Provincial chief of police.
The PCoP gave both the ANP and ALP commanders guidance from the Afghan Ministry of Interior.
"The ANP works for the MoI, same as the ALP, so whatever the MoI law is, they will follow it,” said Khan.
The MoI directive clearly addresses what is expected of all law enforcement in Afghanistan, as well as things they view as illegal and unacceptable behavior. This creates law and order within their country, as well as eliminates any miscommunication about the directive.
"It [unity amongst law enforcement] ensures the use of proper chain-of-command and also command and control,” said a coalition sergeant.
The conference was successful and achieved its goal of assisting everyone with understanding the importance of following the MoI directive, while providing an essential unity amongst participants.
"The turnout shows that law enforcement in Paktika is credible and has improved tremendously within the past year,” said the sergeant. "The sovereignty of the Afghan government is growing stronger and the fact that security has improved proves that history is being made every day.”
By Army Staff Sgt. Nicole Howell
Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan