Mock Canberra village teaches Afghan survival skills
Monday, May 10, 2010
Australian police sent to Afghanistan have been trained in a mock village on the outskirts of Canberra.
The latest group of AFP officers was formally farewelled in Canberra earlier this week.
The contingent bring the number of AFP officers in Afghanistan to 28.
Assistant AFP Commissioner Peter Drennan has told a forum at the Canberra University that police have had to learn skills like bartering to survive in a foreign culture.
"We have a purpose-built village which is part of our international deployment group at Majura," he said.
"It's a replica of an indigenous village in a non-descript country, and they actually spend time there in as real as type circumstances as possible to replicate conditions when they arrive."