Musings On Iraq: interview with Jerry Burke The Ups and Downs of Training the Iraqi Police Force

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I have known Jerry Burke for about 15 years after having met him while attending the Command School for supervisors put on by the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management. Here is part 1 of a 2 part interview on the pitfalls and success stories training the Iraqi police forces. Despite climbing over hurdles  “poor planning, and execution at the top levels of government, being stacked against them. Jerry is frank and candid in the interview which is quite refreshing and in my opinion the epitome of what leadership is all about. I think this is a great piece for cops here at home to read as it shows what a small dedicated group can accomplish despite the odds.

A very informative web-site Musings on Iraq whose purveyor is Joel Wing, a History/English high school teacher in Oakland, CA. and has a BA and MA in International Relations. He has been reading, writing and researching about Iraq since 2002. conducted the interview.

American Negligence In Iraq, Or How The United States Failed To Plan For Securing The Country: Part One Of A Two Part Interview With Jerry Burke, Former Advisor To The Baghdad Police And Interior Ministry


In May 2003, Jerry Burke, who at the time was the head of the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management, was asked if he would be interested in travelling to Baghdad to carry out an assessment of the Iraqi police. He took up the offer, and found a police force in utter disarray. Most of its officers had abandoned their posts, police stations were looted and burned, and the government was non-existent. The U.S. was wholly unprepared for such a situation. Instead of having a plan in place before the March 2003 invasion, Burke and his team found themselves analyzing the Iraqi police, so that a program could be put together to secure the country, which would take months to implement. The lack of adequate preparation set the stage for what Burke would face during his two tours in Iraq, first as part of a Justice Department Assessment Team in May 2003, then as an advisor to the Baghdad Police from May 2003 to June 2004, and finally as part of an assistance mission to the Iraqi Interior Ministry from March 2005 to February 2006.  During those years, he found a U.S. government that lacked the commitment to truly rebuild Iraq, which undermined the transition from a dictatorship to a democracy that Burke and others were working on. In the process, the rule of law was never fully established in Iraq. Burke later went on to work in Palestine and Afghanistan, and is currently serving as an advisor with a foreign police force in the Middle East.

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Once Part 2 is published I will post here as well.

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