Royal Engineers complete construction of Afghan Local Police station in Helmand capital

Posted: August 1, 2011 in Development
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Story and photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler

An Afghan Local Police officer grabs barriers from Lt. Joe Robinson, commanding officer of 59 Commando Squadron, Royal Engineers, and a native of Barnstaple, England in Lashkar Gah District, Helmand province, July 24. The Engineers built the station for the Afghan Local Police, a local security force made up of hand-picked individuals from the community.

Highlander Mark Mackenzie, 4th Battalion, The Highlanders, Royal Regiment of Scotland, and a native of Stoneaway, Scotland, completes a final check of a .50-caliber mounted machine gun before providing security for 59 Commando Squadron, Royal Engineers, as they travel to build an Afghan Local Police station in Lashkar Gah District, Helmand province, July 24. The Engineers built the station for the Afghan Local Police, a local security force made up of hand-picked individuals from the community.

PATROL BASE BOLAN-T, Afghanistan – Royal Engineers with 59 Commando Squadron completed construction of an Afghan Local Police station in the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, July 26.

“This is the third police station we have completed in this area for the Afghan locals,” said Lt. Joe Robinson, commanding officer of 59 Commando Squadron, and a native of Barnstaple, England. “The Afghan citizens in the area have been very helpful in assisting us in completing the station.”

The station took three days to complete and will house 15 Afghan local police officers. More police stations in the area will help eliminate insurgent activity, said Robinson.

“We are helping the Afghan Local Police to get up and running in small expeditionary policing for the local villagers,” he explained.

The police stations assist the community with local problems, crimes, security and domestic disputes. The ALP work with the Afghan uniformed and national police to handle larger issues.

“These guys [Afghan Local Police] are brave guys they want to look after their community and families.” They want to keep their people safe from insurgents,” said Robinson. “We are happy to do our part to make their area is safer for the Afghan people.”

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