MOSUL, Iraq, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers teamed up with the Iraqi government to set up five new police outposts in Mosul in preparation for January elections.
The Corps through its Mosul resident office said it was working to construct five "expedient" Iraqi police stations to provide additional security as the country prepares for national elections in January.
The Iraqi police and the U.S.-led security transition command are placing the prefabricated stations in heavily populated areas throughout the city of 1.8 million people.
Mosul remains one of the more volatile cities in Iraq. The al-Qaida network in Iraq issued recent threats to truck drivers in the region.
Mike Fellenz, a project engineer in Mosul, said the five police stations would bring quick and easy enhancements to regional security.
"These police stations are designed for rapid construction and provide both office space and living quarters for police officers and the administrative staff," he added.
Each stations costs more than $490,000 with funding provided by the Iraq Security Force Fund.
Nanocon Engineering & Technology Co., Cosmopolitan Inc. and Albial Group Construction Co. are the contractors for the five police stations.