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Iraq Police graduate 144 from basic training course

The Iraq Police Service graduated 144 new police officers from the Al Kut Regional Training Academy on March 16. This was the third class to complete the eight week training course from the Al Kut facility.

The basic police training program is designed to provide fundamental and democratic policing skills based on international human rights standards to the students in preparation for assuming police officer responsibilities. The program consists of academic study of general policing topics combined with a strong focus on tactical operational policing skills.

To date, more than 25,000 police recruits have completed the eight-week training course developed for new recruits. An additional 35,000 police officers have completed the three-week Transitional Integration Program course that provides officers with prior experience a condensed version of the longer basic police training course.

The Al Kut facility is a joint training center with the Iraqi Army, Department of Border Enforcement personnel and Iraqi Police utilizing the facility. The newly graduated police will immediately report for duty and take up their assignments at their respective police stations in Wasit Province.

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