Sunday, October 26, 2008

British Police Walk The Streets In Basra

ACC leads a team of 16 UK police officers and they have been walking the streets of Basra...

In a move that would have been unthinkable a few months ago, UK police officers have been walking the streets of Basra with their Iraqi counterparts.

Leading the team of sixteen police officers deployed in Iraq is Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Cooper of South Wales Police who is seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Levels of violence in the southern Iraqi city in the past would have meant such a visit was impossible.

However, due to the improving security situation ACC Cooper and Chief Inspector Alan Costello from Sussex Police, together with the Basra Chief of Police, Major General Adel Dahham, have been talking to local people to develop the concept of Community Policing.

ACC Cooper said, “It’s an absolutely tremendous feeling because being here on the streets of Basra at this moment in time just shows how much the security situation has improved.”

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