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Iraqi Police Graduate From Advanced, Specialty Courses

American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 29, 2005 – The Iraqi Police Service graduated 238 police officers from advanced and specialty courses at the Adnan Training Facility July 28, as part of the Iraqi government's ongoing effort to train its security forces.

The courses consist of Basic Criminal Investigations with 58 graduates, Critical Incident Management with 31 graduates, Violent Crime Investigation with 34 graduates, Executive Leadership with 20 graduates, Mid-Level Management with 16 graduates, Advanced Criminal Investigation with 13 graduates, Criminal Intelligence with 37 graduates, and Interview and Interrogation with 29 graduates.

The Basic Criminal Investigation course covers topics such as theft, burglary, arson, robbery, sexual offenses and homicide investigation. Participants also receive instruction and hands-on training in fingerprinting, photography, tool marks and plaster casting techniques. To date, 2,203 police officers have completed the Basic Criminal Investigations course. The Advanced Criminal Investigation course covers advanced evidence collection techniques and procedures.

Critical Incident Management is designed to provide participants with the understanding of and application skills for managing critical incidents. To date, 488 students have graduated from this course.

The Violent Crime Investigation course introduces participants to investigative techniques to be used in a variety of situations, but particularly in violent crimes including armed robbery, rape and murder. This course has graduated 509 students to date.

Executive Leadership covers executive level concepts of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting. Other topics include visionary leadership, organizational values, interpersonal communication skills, motivational techniques and strategies, along with strategic planning. This course has graduated 291 students to date.

Mid-Level Management is a course designed for supervisors who are responsible for managing the first-line supervisors and their assigned personnel. To date, 365 students have graduated this course.

The Criminal Intelligence course provides training in the planning, collection, analysis and distribution of intelligence information. This course also equips participants with the ability to recognize trends that may have an impact on public safety and security.

The Interview and Interrogation course covers advanced interview and interrogation techniques and includes instruction on the preservation and protection of human rights, and the importance of ethical behavior during interviews and interrogations. To date, 527 students have completed this course.

Officers who participated in these courses previously completed either an eight-week basic training course for new recruits or a three-week "transitional integration program" course designed for prior-service officers.

The police officers report back for continued duty at their respective stations immediately.

(Courtesy of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq.)

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