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Lancers assist Afghans with police ID cards

Published: 12:15PM September 13th, 2012
Lancers assist Afghans with police ID cards

Sgt. Tyler Meister

An Afghan Police member scans his fingerprints under the supervision of Spc. Zachary M. Williams.

ARGHANDAB DISTRICT, Afghanistan — High numbers of recent insider attacks are an increasing concern for both Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force. Ensuring all personnel possess proper ID cards and are enrolled in the system is essential for all parties.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment are using the Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit and a new ID card printer to expedite the process.

As a result, two Afghan police agencies teamed to enroll 75 policemen in the International Security Assistance Forces electronic personnel database Sept. 2 to 4 at the District Police Center-Arghandab. The occasion marked the first time both the Afghan Uniform Police and Afghan Local Police joined forces to distribute identification badges and enroll their personnel in the ISAF system.

“This is the first time we have been able provide both ID badges and enroll the Afghan Police members at one time,” said 1st Lt. Jacob M. Stallings, the assistant intelligence officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-1 Inf. in 2nd (Lancer) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. “We recently stopped allowing access to the District Police Center for anyone with an old badge.”

Stallings said the goal of the program is to ensure base security and help prevent future insider attacks by carefully allotting the badges. Only those personnel with a new badge are allowed to access the police center, he said.

The new badges feature a recent photo and notate privileges such as the authority to possess a cell phone, weapon and drive a vehicle while at the police center.

Enrollment in the Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit entailed taking a photo of an individual’s retina and profile in addition to scanning the person’s fingerprints.

The SEEK is an updated version of the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment and contains an upgraded interface, an improved imagery device and faster system processing times.

“I definitely prefer the new system over the old one,” said Spc. Zachary M. Williams, the battalion biometrics and detainee operation officer in 2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. “We received the new system about three weeks ago and it has been more user-friendly, which allows us to easily accomplish enrollments.”

Williams said the old system malfunctioned. In contrast, the new system performed flawlessly for the 2nd Bde. Soldiers during their three days of processing Afghan Police members in early September.