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Academies Graduate 2,000 More Iraqi Police Officers

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2005 – Some 204 Iraqi police officers graduated from the Adnan, Iraq, training facility today after completing advanced and specialty courses in leadership, criminal investigation, interrogations and other subjects, according to Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials.

Officers who completed advanced courses at Adnan had previously completed the eight-week basic police course for new recruits or a shortened transition course of instruction designed for people with prior police experience.

The basic police-training program teaches fundamental and democratic policing skills based on international human rights standards, officials said.

They join nearly 2,000 Iraqi police who graduated this week from basic and advanced training courses.

About 1,993 new police recently completed an eight-week basic training course taken at academies in Sulaymaniyah and Baghdad. The Sulaymaniyah facility graduated 259 new officers, while the Baghdad academy graduated 1,734 new police, including 46 women.

More than 25,000 new police have completed the eight-week basic course, with another 35,000 having completed the three-week program designed to train people with prior police training and experience.

The new police officers are now reporting for duty at assignments across Iraq.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)

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