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Falahea IPs showing steady progress 
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Massachuseets National Guard and Iraqi Police working together 
Capt. Thwfqir points out the approximate location of the point-of-origin of the indirect fire attack on FOB Delta April 8. The attack occurred the night before and Thwfqir explains to Staff Sgt. Micheal Eastwick where the possible POO site was. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson)
By Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, 41st Fires Bde. PAO 


FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq –
The day after FOB Delta was hit by indirect fire, members of 1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, 772nd Military Police Company visited their partner station in the Falahea district for a regular visit.

They arrived at the police station just after 7 a.m., waking the station chief Capt. Thwfqif. After the morning introductions, Capt. Thwfqir explained that the reason why he wasn’t up when the MPs arrived was because he had a late night investigating the point-of-origin of the indirect fire attack.

The patrol leader, Staff Sgt. Micheal Eastwick, began taking notes on the information and intelligence as Thwfqir described the night’s events and how the local IPs, Special Response Team police and Kut Special Weapons and Tactics worked together at securing the site and recovering two rockets.   

“By far, he’s probably one of the best commanders to have up there; very progressive as far as law enforcement techniques and he really knows what has to be done as far as investigatory skills with things like the POO sites and serving warrants,” said Eastwick. “Very reliable, very trustworthy.”

The squad has been working with Thwfqir since they took over the mission from the 511th MP Co., in January 2009. Eastwick says that the biggest improvement over the past couple of months has been the inter-agency communication between the different law enforcement agencies in Kut.

“When we first started this, there was virtually no communication whatsoever; he was very adamant in pushing more of a unilateral communication between the different agencies,” said Eastwick.

The cooperation between the different agencies with the investigation of the POO site is also a sign that the Iraqi Police as a whole are getting better, said Eastwick.

“They are working more with the SRTs to do warrants and to do different investigations, for example the POO site last night, SRT found it and they brought the IPs in and started the investigation,” said Eastwick.

Many of the Taunton, Mass., based National Guard Military Police Company are civilian police officers when not on active duty so they have direct insight into how inter-agency communication is a challenge for them on the civilian side as well.

“It seems like they’re starting to overcome the jurisdictional animosity that normally exists with any law enforcement agency at any level,” said Eastwick.

When asked how the cooperation is between the 772nd MPs and the Falahea Iraqi Police, Capt. Thwfqir replied, “Our relationship with the U.S. forces here is better than good.”

4/20/2009