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TARIN KOT, Afghanistan - The completion of an Afghan led project has
given residents in the Uruzgan province something to celebrate.
Afghans and International Security Assistance Forces Soldiers
participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the finished Afghan
National Police Provincial Headquarters in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, May
The ceremony was to celebrate the opening of the ANP's official
headquarters for Uruzgan province.
With its opening, the headquarters will provide citizens in
Tarin Kot, and the Uruzgan province a more safe and secure environment,
which in turn, will ultimately lead to a stronger more independent
The opening marked the end of over two years of construction
"It is really important that this project is finally finished so that
the provincial police will be able to better protect the people of
Uruzgan and maintain stability in the area," said Mohammad Usman, the
project manager for the provincial police station.
With its completion the facility offers many vital resources to the ANP.
In addition to independent electricity, water wells, and a dining
facility, the new headquarters also contains offices and barracks for
over 100 personnel, guard towers, and a stone wall enclosing the
"The facilities here are excellent. The police have everything to
operate on a professional level," said Usman.
The headquarters is also an example of forward thinking for Afghans.
"One interesting fact is this site actually has female barracks which is
not very common in ANP facilities and that shows progression," said
Sergio Cuevas, a project engineer working for Combined Team Uruzgan.
The cost of the facility is estimated to be near ten million dollars,
and like many projects, was not without setbacks.
"There were some difficulties when the initial contractor was terminated
for default, but the new contractor took over in January 2011 and he did
a really good job of coming in and fixing someone else's situation and
finishing the project," said Cuevas.
The new contractor proved to be up to the task.
"They did a really good job with the facilities. The contractor was an
Afghan First contractor, which is a program that teaches Afghans the
skills to build better," said Cuevas. "Despite limited experience the
contractor did an excellent job."
The use of Afghan First contractors gave additional benefits to the
people of Uruzgan, Not only will this facility help the ANA, but the
building of this facility has helped workers.
"It has helped develop skills for Afghans. They are developing skills in
building and management that will help them after we leave, and the
facility will allow the community to be a safer place," Cuevas said,
"and the headquarters provides the ANP the facilities needed to recruit
more personnel, train them, and establish positive relationships with