(U//FOUO) Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance Iraqi Federal Police Advisor Guide

Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance

  • 56 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • May 10, 2010
  • 3.18 MB


As the U. S. Defense Department scales back operations in Iraq, one of the most significant questions that remains is whether the Iraqi security forces will be capable of maintaining civil order on their own. This manual was produced by the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance (JCISFA) to help prepare deploying advisors, trainers, and partner forces that will work directly with Iraqi police. The intent is to provide a basic understanding of the country of Iraq and a solid understanding of the current organization and utilization of the Iraqi police. This manual also provides guidance on what it means to work ” by, with and through” a counterpart, and includes observations and insights learned by your predecessors.

In a stable society, a key component to security is the police. While there has been significant progress in the development of the Iraqi police, there is still much work to be done. Historically, the Iraqi police have been held in lower public regard than other components of the security force infrastructure. The Iraqi public viewpoint toward law enforcement as an agency of public safety, security, and service to the community has been far different than law enforcement in most developed nations. Part of our job is to educate the Iraqi police, and the Iraqi population, about the important role police play in a society governed by the rule of law. Rule of law enables the framework for national sovereignty and provides restraints that serve as a check against abusive use of power. Without effective rule of law, we will never gain the security necessary for democratic institutions to be successful.

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