State Department Grant Invites Iraqi Police to United States for Specialized Training

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 27, 2011

During the month of July, the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), through a three-year grant to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), is funding a three-week training course for nine select Iraqi police in the United States. The course is part of a police education program that provides Iraqi police officers and judicial investigators the opportunity for enhanced professional development in law enforcement skills and specialized expertise. The first in a series of training courses, senior Iraqi officials are receiving leadership, tactical, and field training at three participating federal, state and local level law enforcement agencies in Vermont, Pittsburgh, and Denver.

In addition to core courses in management and leadership, the State Department-funded program will offer specialized courses in areas such as criminal investigation, forensics, and border enforcement. The program will also seek to establish solid, long-term relationships as Iraqis work alongside U.S. police officers, providing a unique on-the-job experience.

Since 2003, the State Department has partnered with other U.S. Government agencies and international donors to assist the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people in strengthening criminal justice systems in Iraq. The Police Education Grant will contribute to the goal of the broader Police Development Program, implemented by INL, to foster the development of capabilities needed to sustain internal security operations and support the rule of law in Iraq.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in 100 countries.

PRN: 2011/1245