CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – A two-day logistics shura, or meeting, for Afghan Local Police was held at the Provincial Supply Point at the Helmand province police headquarters in Lashkar Gah April 18-19.
“The Log shura was held to bring the Afghan Local Police to the table to discuss issues and concerns pertaining to logistics,” said U.S. Army Maj. Mike Buck, Regional Logistics Center, Regional Support Command Southwest logistics advisor.
The shura was the first for the Afghan calendar year and allowed the Afghan Ministry of the Interior to talk about topics including property accountability, vehicles, uniforms, ammunitions and weapons and maintenance contracts with the ALP, said Buck.
Afghan National Police Col. Tor Jan spoke about his role as the ANP’s Regional Logistics Officer and the center’s mission in supporting the police and the Lashkar Gah Training Center.
It was also a big step toward the 2014 transition to Afghan-led security, Buck said. Afghan Police logistics is in the early transition phase in the Helmand and Nimroz provinces and the shura helped the RLC take the lead to bring all stakeholders together to ensure the ALP are sustained.
The ALP, comprised of approximately 13,000 across Afghanistan, is a defensive-only force at the village level. They do not have power to arrest or search. Their job is solely to man checkpoints and report to Afghan Uniformed Police units.
“They’re kind of like a neighborhood watch,” said U.S. Army Col. Matt Redding, the commander of Regional Support Command Southwest. “They can’t dispense justice; they have to bring anything they see to the AUP.”
The speakers concluded the shura by discussing the importance of accountability and collaboration.
“A closed hand is stronger than open hand,” said Jan. He added that he was glad they are part of the ALP and standing up for Afghanistan.
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