Afghan Special Police Training Center - Interview with RS Advisor
At the Afghan Special Police Training Center in Kabul, Resolute Support advisors have been assigned to “train the trainers”, i.e. work with the Afghan SOFs to prepare them for training their own colleagues. The Afghans get basic training in Kabul, then go to their operational units in the provinces where they acquire practical experience, after which they come back to Kabul for advanced training. Resolute Support advisors are with them for support throughout the process. In particular, Croatian Special Operation Forces have been working with the Afghan SPTC for the past 2 years, during which time the number of trained Afghan special police officers has doubled. The exercise filmed was on how to conduct high profile arrests of suspect terrorists, while at the same time gathering intelligence for further operations. Captain Miro, Croatian Training Officer for the Special Operational Advisory Team, says that he sees a huge progress between now and when he was first deployed in Afghanistan 7 years ago. Captain Miro: “Especially the younger generations who are coming more and more to the system. They are much more proficient in their work, much more educated.” Doubling in size the Afghan Special Forces, within both the military and police, is an essential part of President Ashraf Ghani’s ANDSF Roadmap for the future. According to the plan, the General Command of Police Special Units will increase by 9,000, expanding their security reach throughout Afghanistan.
Croatian Special Operation Forces have been working at the Afghan Special Police Training Center in Kabul for the past 2 years, working with the Afghan SOFs to prepare them for training their own colleagues.
SOUNDBITE (English) “The main purpose of this exercise is to conduct the high profile arrest of the suspect and the other main focus is to gather the intelligence so that we can conduct further operations according to the evidence or intelligence found in this path So their job was to conduct everything that they had and leave in about 15 minutes, before any reinforcements. All this personnel here that you saw are the instructors and we as advisors working side by side with them. When they are conducting their training for the new recruits, for future special operators, we are standing aside and when the training is done we are basically giving them tips, what was good what was better, what should be done maybe a little differently in order to get them more proficient and better. So in time you develop certain relationship and this has been going on for the last 2 years. Very, very good. The morale here in the special operators are much, much higher than the regular army units. From my own perspective as an operator, having a good equipment means much to the morale and as you can see these people are very well equipped and very well trained, which makes their morale much, much higher than the usual trooper in the field. There is a huge difference between 7 years ago when I was first time here and right now. Huge difference. Especially the younger generations who are coming more and more to the system. They are much more proficient in their work, much more educated. We had in the beginning problem with literacy, in my first deployment here. But now I can see that literacy rate is much higher, education is much better, people are much more connected over the social media, social networks, getting better informed and as I can hear right nor in every village they have a television, stuff like that, so the people get much more educated which is a the key for the future success of the ANDSF.”
- Date filming
- 27 Jul 2017 12:00