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INL Pakistan Law Enforcement Program

Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
November 23, 2011



The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs' (INL) law enforcement assistance efforts include programs specifically targeted to address the needs of Pakistan’s provincial police forces. Due to the spread of militant activity from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and other major cities across Pakistan, INL launched a large-scale program in 2009 to provide training, equipping, and infrastructure support to KP police. This program began with the KP Police Elite Force, a mobile, SWAT-like force capable of deploying to the most volatile areas in KP. INL assistance is intended to increase the professionalism, mobility, and communication capacity of KP police so that they are better able to maintain basic law and order and interact with other Pakistani security forces to “hold” areas cleared of militants. Similar large-scale training, equipping, and infrastructure support programs will be initiated in Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh in 2011 as well. These efforts complement the training, infrastructure, and equipment support INL provides to FATA Levies, the civilian law enforcement entity in the FATA, in order to increase the Government of Pakistan’s ability to provide security in this volatile region.

INL also has a nationwide program that has provided training designed to promote law enforcement reform and capacity building to Pakistani law enforcement entities since 2002. Police officers from KP, Balochistan, Sindh, and Punjab provinces, Islamabad Capital Territory Police, FATA Levies, and other civilian law enforcement entities have received training through this program in areas such as leadership, criminal investigations, human rights, civil disturbance management, and police command and control. This training is conducted through INL’s partnership with DOJ/ICITAP.

Key Program Objectives

  • Provide training, infrastructure, and equipment assistance to augment the capacity of Pakistani law enforcement and security agencies;
  • Enhance executive management skills, training, strategic planning, and corruption prevention through institutional police reform programs;
  • Improve the capacity of law enforcement agencies to prevent and respond to insurgency-related incidents, as well as routine community policing.


  • Training:

    • Since 2002, over 15,000 law enforcement officers received INL-supported training.

    • Since October 2009, 470 KP Police Elite Force and 843 Levies, 19 Islamabad Police, and 11 Punjab Police completed INL-sponsored training.
  • Commodities:

    • Since 2010, 8 armored personnel carriers, 3,320 protective vests, hundreds of mobile and handheld radios, 50 motorcycles, and other equipment and vehicles delivered to KP Police; 48 motorcycles, 3 troop carriers, and 1 water tanker delivered to the FATA Secretariat.
  • Infrastructure:

    • INL is constructing three police stations in Swat, KP and has committed funding for a Joint Police Training Center in Nowshera, KP.

    • In 2009, NAS restored projects to provide infrastructure upgrades to the Levy lines in Bajaur, Orakzai, Khyber, Kurram, and Mohmand, which had been on hold due to security concerns.

    • INL is supporting renovation and construction of facilities at Police Lines-Islamabad and Police Training School Chung (Punjab Province) to support KP and FATA Levy training courses.

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