Afghan Police Officers Training in Fresno

October 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Four Afghan police officers visiting Fresno are hoping President Obama sends as many troops to their country as possible. The law enforcement officers are here to learn new skills they can teach other officers back in Afghanistan.These police officers study every inch of the bomb robot ... they don't have anything like it in Afghanistan ... but they hope to someday. And when that someday comes ... they'll know how to use it.

The men were brought here through Fresno's Brotherhood of the Badge ... the group was formed six years ago to enable law enforcement worldwide to assist our troops by sending surplus equipment and provide training.

Mike Harris said, "We have outfitted over 23-thousand Iraqi police officers and now we have changed our venue into Afghanistan where the war seems to be more pressing of an issue."

Zabiullah Azhar and his fellow officers have trained with the Fresno Fire Department, the city's swat team as well as the bomb squad ... but he says what will help Afghanistan most is for President Obama to send more troops.

Afghan Police Officer Zabiullah Azhar said, "If he sends more troops to Afghanistan that is good for us because we need them to help Afghani army and police."

Whatever President Obama decides ... Azhar and his fellow officers go back to Afghanistan Saturday with new weapons of warfare.

"It's our hope that hundreds will benefit from the week that these gentleman have spent here with us here in Fresno," said Harris.

The Brotherhood of the Badge now has four specific reasons to see our troops succeed in Afghanistan.



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