Local police start work in Dai Chopan district
QALAT (PAN): Local police started work in Dai Chopan district of southern Zabul province with 50 youths recruited to the force.
Tribal elders, provincial officials and the commander of the 205th Atal military corps in Kandahar, Gen. Abdul Hameed, commander of 404th police zone, Mirwais Noori, commander of local police, Khan Mohamamd Ahmadzai, took part in a ceremony to welcome the local police on Wednesday.
It was the second district in Zabul, after Shah Joy, where local police had been appointed. Three hundred local recruits would receive weapons and a good salary, local police commander, Ahmadzai, told the gathering.
The police would receive three weeks of training.
Ahmadzai said that the establishment of a local police force was a good idea as the recruits were from the area and know about the situation in the region.
Governor Mohammad Ashraf Nasri asked tribal elders to encourage their sons to join the local police. If they do so, there would be no need for foreign forces or other security officials to search their houses.
Reconstruction schemes would be launched in Dai Chopan district, if the local police could maintain the security of the district, he said.
The people of the district are hesitant to let their sons join the local police, a resident of the district, Mohammad Alam, said.
"They think the Taliban's attacks would increase after few weeks in the area and the local police would be forced to fight with the Taliban," he said.
Ordinary youths cannot fight as well as the Afghan National Army or foreign forces, so may suffer many casualties, he said.
They would also recruit local police in Arghandab and Naw Bahar districts of the province soon, deputy governor, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, said.
The local police are working under the framework of the interior ministry and their activities are monitored by the ministry.
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