Afghanistan – Australian Special Operations Task Group soldiers mentor Afghan Provincial Police


The Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) Afghan Task Force (ATF) is responsible for training and mentoring members of the Afghan Provincial Police Response Company (PPRC) in Tarin Kowt.

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Australian Special Operations Task Group soldiers mentor Afghan Provincial Police Response Company officers in Tarin Kowt.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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The SOTG partner with the PPRC on operations and when possible, all SOTG operations are led by the PPRC.

The SOTG Afghan Task Force was established to raise, train and sustain the local PPRC after the Afghan Ministry of the Interior (MOI) directed the creation of 18 Provincial Police Response Companies around the country.

All 18 PPR Companies are partnered and mentored by ISAF Special Operations Forces, including an Oruzgan PPRC, who have been partnered with Australian Special Forces from the Special Operations Task Group since July 2009.

The SOTG Afghan Task Force consists of mentors drawn from the Australian Special Air Service Regiment and the 1st and 2nd Commando Regiments.

All the PPRC attend an eight week Police Basic Course conducted by the MOI and the 30 day Special Response Team Course conducted by the ATF before they can partner on operations with the SOTG.

The ATF also provide them courses in Combat First Aid, Humvee driving, Counter-IED, Pashtu literacy, and a number have attended the ISAF Counter Insurgency Course in Kabul. Some also go on to complete a 30-day Advanced Special Response Team Course with the ATF.

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia