How GPS Is Helping Afghan Police
When George W. Bush stood on a naval ship with the banner “Mission Accomplished” behind him, many democrats, anti-war proponents and journalists ripped the President for, intentionally or unintentionally, proclaiming that the most difficult part of the War on Terror was behind us. This article is not meant to portray any of our political figures in a negative light, but simply show that although the heavy artillery may not be fired off as frequently as it once was by our brave and heroic servicemen and women the battle to maintain law and order is still an ongoing battle for the Afghan people. The police agencies and military branches that work for the United States receive countless hours of extensive training in numerous critical areas from surveillance to self-defense, and they are equipped with a wide range of security products to help defend themselves. However, the Afghan police forces have not been exposed to the same level of intense and sophisticated training that the Americans have received until recently, and one of the tools that is helping them become more effective as a unit are GPS tracking and navigation devices.
The Afghan National Police have been receiving training from the United States since the U.S. began occupying the country that was once ruled by the brutal Taliban regime. In an effort to keep the Afghan National Police forces in a position to sustain democratic power once the United States begins phasing out of the country, U.S. forces have been working tirelessly to give the Afghan Police the tools necessary to be successful. One of those tools comes in the form of GPS tracking systems and navigation devices, and the Americans are putting Afghan Police agents through specialized training programs that focus on map reading and utilizing handheld GPS units to help the local law enforcement squads understand the “new” technology.
How GPS Is Afghan Police
The GPS navigation units are providing Afghan police a way of understanding terrain in many areas that may be unfamiliar to the uniformed officers working the ground. This is because the Afghan National Police are often sent to various cities and areas throughout the country were suspected terrorists and Taliban-sympathizers may reside. The GPS units also record every position the officer’s have traveled and locations they want to go, allowing them to easily access historical data if they need to create a report. GPS trackers, on the other hand, can help police agencies conduct detailed investigations about potential low and high-level threats in the region through a process known as vehicle tracking.
GPS is only one of the new tools among many tools and techniques the U.S. armed forces are providing the Afghan security groups in a hope that the Afghan people can soon live in a secure and safe environment free of conflict. The tools and techniques are making the Afghan National Police forces more self-reliant, something that will be necessary once the Americans come home.