L.A. as Afghanistan: LAPD Train Marines to Teach Afghan Police
What can some of L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods teach us about patrolling Afghanistan and ridding streets of the Taliban? Apparently, a lot. About 70 Camp Pendleton Marines earlier this month embedded themselves with the LAPD to learn about policing, especially in building better community relations, according to the Associated Press.
"The Marines hope that learning to work like a cop on a beat will help them better track the Taliban, build relationships with Afghans leery of foreign troops and make them better teachers as they try to professionalize an Afghan police force beset by corruption," explained the AP. "The troops believe they can learn valuable lessons from the LAPD, which has made inroads into communities after highly publicized abuses, from the videotaped beating of Rodney King to corruption in an anti-gang unit."
Additionally, they hope to change their approach in Afghanistan. "Realizing that marching into towns to show force alienates communities," marines want to develop relationships with people on the street in hopes of building rapport to garner critical tips.