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.