Friday, 28 September 2012 11:52:31
US training Pakistan police to save lives
ISLAMABAD, Sept 27 (APP): Police officers are saving lives
across Pakistan thanks to the skills and knowledge acquired in a
U.S. Government-sponsored training programme on first aid.
According to a spokesperson of the US Embassy here, this programme
teaches working-level police officers and constables the life-saving
techniques, they need to successfully treat victims of traumatic
At a graduation ceremony for the most recent group of first
aid trainees, held at the National Police Academy here, one student
became emotional when he told the audience how, after just a day and
a half of training, he was able to use what he learned in the course
to save the life of a motorcycle rider, who was in a severe accident.
"It is stories like this, where police officers apply the
techniques learned in this classroom to save the lives of their
fellow citizens, that make our training programmes so valuable," said
Richard Sacks, Director of the U.S. Government's International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office, which funds police
training programmes for Pakistan out of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.
"This year marks the 10th anniversary of U.S. Government
training programmes on a range of topics for Pakistan's Police Force.
We are proud to say that we have now trained more than 16,000 police
officers in this country over the past decade."
The INL promotes reform and capacity building for Pakistan's law
It has trained police officers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Balochistan, Sindh, and Punjab provinces, the Islamabad Capital
Territory, FATA Levies, and other civilian law enforcement entities
in areas such as leadership, criminal investigations, human rights,
civil disturbance management, and police command and control.
The INL also donates equipment and builds infrastructure to
improve policing in Pakistan.
It has provided 11 armoured personnel carriers, more than 3,000
protective vests, hundreds of mobile and handheld radios, 100
motorcycles, and a water tanker to the police force in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.