Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey, Deputy Chief Mark Smith and Fountain Police Chief Todd Evans are in Afghanistan to train with Afghan National Police until Dec. 20.
The Army-sponsored trip is the first of its kind for law enforcement personnel in Colorado Springs. They are working in conjunction with Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division, which deployed in June on a 12-month mission. Headquartered at Kandahar Airfield, the division's goal is to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces.
The chiefs' trip to Afghanistan was orchestrated by Lt. Col. Tim MacDonald, 4th Infantry Division Provost Marshal.
"This visit is an example of the collaborative relationship between Fort Carson, the 4th Infantry Division and the leadership of Colorado Springs law enforcement," public affairs officer Lt. Col. Armando Hernandez wrote in an email.
Senior-level police advisors have experience and knowledge often lacking in military training, Colorado Springs spokeswoman Cindy Aubrey said in a release. The chiefs' input will supplement the training Afghan forces get with American troops in areas such as fostering relations between locals, challenges to the community when military personnel re-enter civilian life and consequence management skills.
The objective of international and interdisciplinary training is to provide Afghan forces with the knowledge that American troops and law enforcement have in the areas such as public order, police intelligence operations and performing without ethnic, gender, language or religious discrimination.
With the spring 2014 national elections in Afghanistan approaching, gaining a multidisciplinary perspective in law enforcement and training will be critical, Hernandez explained.