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Iraqi Police Training Turns Out 292 New Graduates

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2005 – The Iraqi Police Service graduated 292 police officers from advanced and specialty courses at the Adnan Training Facility here today as part of the Iraqi government's ongoing effort to train its security forces.

The courses consist of Kidnapping Investigations with 27 graduates, Basic Criminal Investigations with 63 graduates, Interview and Interrogations with 41 graduates, Organized Crime Investigations with 58 graduates, Incident Command System with 32 graduates, Internal Controls with 44 graduates, and Executive Leadership with 27 graduates.

Kidnapping Investigations provides students with basic theory and practice of crisis negotiation. The course explores the psychological underpinnings of crisis situations and instructs students on law enforcement priorities in a kidnapping crisis situation, officials said.

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.

Interviews and Interrogations 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.

FBI trainers teach the Organized Crime Investigations course, which focuses on international cooperation on crimes associated with organized groups. Topics covered in the course include money laundering, gambling, conspiracy, alien smuggling, witness protection, electronic surveillance and working with informants.

Incident Command teaches first-response techniques to a crime or accident scene, how to coordinate agencies responding to the scene and managing assets at the scene.

Internal Controls provides training on how to deal with personnel complaints and allegations, as well as police conduct in general. Training includes the processing of complaints and conducting follow-up investigations to determine the facts of allegations made against members of the Iraqi Police Service.

Executive Leadership, designed for senior police leaders, covers executive level concepts of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting. Other areas covered in the course are visionary leadership organizational values, interpersonal communication skills, motivational techniques and strategies, along with strategic planning.

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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