July 20th, 2007 03:29 EST
Italian police to train Iraqi National Police
BAGHDAD " Italian Army Maj. Gen. Alessandro Pompegnani, Deputy Commander of NATO Training Mission-Iraq spoke about his country`s efforts to help train the Iraqi National Police at a press conference at the Combined Press Information Center Thursday.
Since 1814 the Arma dei Carabinieri (Force of Carabinieri) has ensured the rights of the Italian people, both at home and abroad. The Carabinieri are Italian military police whose mission is to control the crime and to serve the community through respect for the Law."
Now the Carabinieri will share their training techniques with the Iraqi National Police as part of the efforts of the NATO Training Mission in Iraq."
"The Gendarmeria-type training provided by the Carabinieri will help establish the Iraqi National Police as a professional military police force, filling the gap between the police and the armed forces," said Pompegnani."
This will not be the first time the Carabinieri have worked with the Iraqi National Police." In 2005 they helped train a specialized police unit at the regional police level in Nasiriyah."
"The training will build on the very effective basic training that the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT) already provides for the national police since 2004," said Pompegnani." "It is not intended to replace that training in any way, it is a specialization that builds upon the basis that CPATT has laid and continues to provide for the national police.""
Pompegnani said the Carabinieri have a two-year plan to train Iraqi National Police leadership." Eight battalions of national police will train at Camp Dublin, close to the Baghdad International Airport." Each course will last three months and will initially be staffed by about 40 Carabinieri in training and support roles, he said.
The training will focus primarily on counterinsurgency methods and forensic investigation to help the Iraqi Police fight the terrorism they are faced with daily said Pompegnani.
"The national police can connect with the public in a way that armed forces cannot and the NATO Training Mission in Iraq considers that the training the Carabinieri provides will help build the Iraqi people`s trust in the national police," Pompegnani said.
Currently there is an advance planning team in Baghdad which is working with the Iraqi National Police authorities to adapt the European Gendarmerie training model to the needs of the Iraqis, said Pompegnani.
"The NATO Training Mission in Iraq has had success in helping build up leadership training for the Iraqi Armed Forces and is committed to support the Iraqi National Police training to its fulfillment," Pompegnani said."
(U.S. Army story by Spc. Emily Greene, Combined Press Information Center)