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General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU)

Member of Provincial Response Company (PRC) Wardak, Afghanistan The GCPSU is the command section of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) with responsibility for the police special units. Some of these police special units are the Provincial Special Units (PRUs) located in many of the provinces. In addition, there are national level special police units as well (CRU 222, CF 333, and ATF 444).  The GCPSU is advised by special operators of the Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan and NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan (NSOCC-A).

 (Photo DVIDS March 2011).

Police National Mission Units

Crisis Response Unit - CRU 222

Commando Force - CF 333

Afghan Territorial Force - ATF 444

Three additional NMUs are being established for Herat, Mazar-e Sharif, and Jalalabad. They should become fully operational in late 2018 or early 2019.

Special Police Training Center

The SPTC is located in Logar province and conducts the 8-week long Special Operator's Course. The course is a prerequisite for service in a GCPSU National Mission Unit. The SPTC provides advanced training to seasoned police officers from the Provincial Special Units and it also selcts officers who are part of the Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) growth pipeline. Graduates receive advanced training in policing, crisis response, weapons, tactical assault training, and improved physical fitness. [1]


1. See Establishing a Police Force for Afghanistan by the Institute for the Study of War. Accessed here on the ISW website on December 29, 2011.

2. "CRU 222, Afghanistan's Elite Anti-Terrorism Unit", by Robert Young Pelton, Recoil Magazine, (date unknown).

News Stories about the GCPSU

Novermber 8, 2018. "Elite Afghan Police begin first missions while regular forces remain undermanned", Stars and Stripes.

November 15, 2017. "This Elite Police Force is Afghanistan's Secret Weapon Against Violent Extremists", by Marty Skovlund, Task & Purpose.

April 29, 2013. Provincial Response Companies train for special missions. DVIDS. News release provides info on police SWAT teams located at provinces. Access here.





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1. For more on training for members of the Police National Mission Units see "Afghanistan grows its special police forces", NSOCC-A DVIDS, February 8, 2018.


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