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Nearly 3,000 Iraqi Police Graduate From Training

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2005 – A total of 2,939 new police officers graduated from basic police training courses throughout Iraq and in Jordan this week, military officials reported.

In Iraq, the newly minted officers completed training in Baghdad, Sulaymaniyah, and a new police academy in Mosul, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials announced Oct. 27. Other officers graduated from an academy in Jordan.

Nine hundred twenty-four recruits graduated from the Baghdad Police College; 190 from the Sulaymaniyah Regional Academy; 244 from the Mosul Police Academy; and 1,581 from the Jordan International Police Training Center, officials said.

The 10-week basic police-training program is designed to provide fundamental and democratic policing skills based on international human rights standards to prepare students to assume police responsibilities, officials said.

The program includes an academic study of general policing topics with a heavy emphasis on tactical operational policing skills. The recently modified curriculum also emphasizes combat-survival and police skills training while building an attitude of teamwork and cohesion, officials said.

New classes provide more hands-on and practical training exercises that address specific survival skills needed by today's Iraqi Police Service officers, officials said.

To date, more than 50,800 Iraqi police have completed the basic training course, officials said. An additional 37,000 police officers have completed a three-week Transitional Integration Program developed for serving police with little or no basic training. The program is a condensed version of the 10-week course.

The newly trained officers will report for duty in the coming weeks and take up assignments at police stations throughout Iraq, officials said.

(From a Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news release.)

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