ADF MPs support International Military Police in Kabul
23 February 2015
The Australian Army has deployed Military Police (MP) in support of the International Military Police (IMP) role at the Harmid Karzai International Airport military base in Kabul, Afghanistan.
This will be the first time the Australian Defence Force has deployed military police in this role.
Four MPs from the 1st Military Police Battalion (1MP) are now incorporated into a 16 strong Danish-led IMP team as embeds for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
Currently an IMP supervisor for the team, Sergeant (SGT) Ashley Yewsang said the role is a chance for the Australian MPs to gain real experience in their core duties while in a Coalition setting.
“In the past 1MP has worked in the detention management role in Uruzgan province and also in the Close Personal Protection role within Afghanistan,” SGT Yewsang said.
“So being employed as part of the IMP team is definitely a first for us given it is our core job, whereas our deployed roles in the past have been in specialist MP roles.”
The team has a number of functions as part of the IMP including airport security, foot and vehicle patrols, base access security and force protection in the event of an incident.
Team member Private Andrew Tov said it was good exposure, especially for his first deployment.
“It’s been a really great deployment so far because I’m getting a lot of experience that I probably wouldn’t get back at home,” he said.
“There are lots of other cultures here and you get to see how they do things compared to how we do things and it gives you a better understanding of military policing in general.”
Working alongside their Danish counterparts, the Australians are required to maintain their national military policing procedures whilst incorporating coalition techniques and processes.
SGT Yewsang said that the Danes were extremely helpful in the initial integration of Australian MPs.
“The Danes are really good to work with and very professional,” he said
“They’ve introduced us to how they enforce military law and regulations as MPs back in Denmark, however this is more just for awareness as we are required to meet Australian military policing standards, which we incorporate into the broader IMP processes.
“This job is enhancing our skills and knowledge and that’s definitely been useful for us as a team. It will also be useful back home in being able to bring lessons back for the benefit of the ADF military policing role.”