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Full Name  Douglas Brand

Name  Douglas Brand
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Douglas Brand OBE (born April 28, 1951) is former British police officer who was tasked with assisting with the establishment of the newly formed Iraqi Police in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Police career

Brand spent thirty-four years as a police officer, of which over twenty years were spent serving in the Metropolitan Police. While in the Met, Brand was present at the Tottenham riots and poll tax riots in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His Met career peaked with him heading the force's public order training centre. Brand's final British police role was as the deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire Police.

Iraq

In October 2003, Brand was one of two British police officers sent to Iraq in order to build up and advise the newly formed Iraqi Police force in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by coalition troops. Brand was made the chief police adviser to the Iraqi Interior Ministry. It was reported in late 2003 that a group of loyalists to the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein put a price on Brand's head. Speaking of his decision to accept the position, Brand said "where else can you design a national police force, design a ministry of interior and mentor a police chief?" and describing the job as "one of the best jobs I have ever had". Brand was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2004 for his services in Iraq.

On 11 June 2010, the Iraq Inquiry, a British independent inquiry, led by Sir John Chilcot, into the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath resumed, having recessed for the general election, and named Brand as one of the witnesses to whom the committee would be speaking. In his evidence to the inquiry, Brand stated that British and American officials had overlooked policing requirements, calling the recruitment targets set for the Iraqi police "unrealistic given the chaotic situation in the country" and claiming that the police force never had a "proper foundation".

Personal life

Brand is married with three children. While in Iraq, Brand, 206 cm (6 feet 9 inches) tall, earned the nickname the "Tower of London" owing to his distinctive height. Brand is currently working as the technical Advisor to the Inspector General of the National Police Service in Kenya

References

Douglas Brand Wikipedia


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