Members of the United States Marine Corps have been shadowing officers from the Los Angeles Police Department in order to learn new methods of policing a city. They hope to take the tactics they learn to Afghanistan and apply them to fighting the Taliban, who are being seen more and more as a drug trafficking mob instead of an insurgency.
"We are good at what we do - gathering intel, dealing with military personnel," said Capt. Matt Taylor of the U.S. Marines. "In terms of law enforcement, it's a very different job and not something we are taught in the Marine Corps." Capt. Taylor describes his experience patrolling with the LAPD.