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Iraqi Police Graduate 282 Officers from Advanced, Specialty Courses

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2005 – The Iraqi Police Service graduated 282 police officers from advanced and specialty courses Aug. 25 at Iraq's Adnan Training Facility.

The training is part of the Iraqi government's ongoing effort to train its security forces, according to an official with Civilian Police Assistance Training Team with Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq.

Fifty-four Iraqis graduated from the basic criminal investigations course, 22 from the advanced criminal investigations course, 25 from the interview and interrogations course, 15 from the violent crime investigation course, 26 from the critical incident management course, and 24 from the criminal intelligence course.

There were six graduates of the first-line supervision course, 17 graduates of the mid-level management course, 27 from the executive leadership development course, and 66 graduates of the election security course.

The basic criminal investigation course, which is designed to introduce participants to basic concepts of criminal investigation, covers topics such as theft, burglary, arson, robbery, sexual offenses and homicide investigation. Students receive classroom instruction and hands-on training in fingerprinting, photography, tool marks and plaster casting techniques. To date, 2,415 police officers have completed the course.

In the advanced criminal investigation course, students received training in advanced investigative techniques to be used in a variety of situations, particularly in investigations of homicide, kidnapping, terrorism and bombings. This course has graduated 73 students to date.

The interviews and interrogations course covers advanced interview and interrogation techniques and includes instruction on the preservation and protection of human rights and the importance of ethical behavior during interviews and interrogations. To date, 611 students have completed this course.

Six hundred and nine students have graduated from the violent crime investigation course, which introduces participants to investigative techniques to be used in a variety of situations, particularly in violent crimes including armed robbery, rape and murder.

More than 585 students have graduated from the critical incident management course, which is designed to provide participants with the understanding of and application skills for managing critical incidents.

To date, nearly 370 students have graduated from the criminal intelligence course in which they received training in the planning, collection, analysis and distribution of intelligence information. This course also equips participants with the ability to recognize trends that may have an impact on public safety and security.

Nearly 500 students have graduated from the first-line supervision course, which focuses on major leadership areas for front-line supervisors including human-rights training, ethics and corruption, policing in a democracy, and interpersonal skills critical to effective leadership.

The executive leadership course, from which nearly 360 students have graduated, teaches executive-level concepts of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting and budgeting. Other topics include visionary leadership, organizational values, interpersonal communication skills, and motivational techniques and strategies, along with strategic planning.

The mid-level management course is designed for supervisors who are responsible for managing the first-line supervisors and their assigned personnel. To date, 412 students have completed the course.

The election security course covers the responsibilities of the police to ensure peaceful elections. Potential threats and areas of concern are examined from the standpoint of security and protection of candidates and the voting public during the election period. To date, 384 officers have completed the course, which includes a train-the-trainer component to enable participants to serve as trainers in their respective police stations.

Officers who participated in these courses previously completed either an eight-week basic training course for new recruits or a three-week "transitional integration program," designed for police officers currently serving, who have received little or no basic training. The police officers report back for continued duty at their respective stations immediately.

(From a Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news release.)

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