Wednesday, 09 August 2017 16:13

96 Iraqi police officers successfully complete first responder course

Baghdad, 8 August 2017 – Ninety six Iraqi police officers have successfully completed the first responder community police training course aimed to enable them to deliver risk education to local communities and provide immediate response, if an explosive hazard is suspected or identified within their community. The training was conducted by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and with funding provided by the Government of Japan.

The training was conducted at Al Anbar Police Academy in Habaniya, Al-Anbar Governorate, during the month of August, and directly supports the development of national capacities in response to explosive threats in recently retaken areas. Since the beginning of July, UNMAS has provided three one week-long training courses to Iraqi police officers from Fallujah and Ramadi.

H.E. Mr. Fumio Iwai, Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, said on this occasion that “we strongly hope that all the participants of this training course will contribute further to the stabilization of the liberated areas applying what they learned.” He added that “Japan would continue to stand by Iraq and assist the people and Government of Iraq in order for them to overcome the crisis and achieve peace and stability for their country”.

Mr. Pehr Lodhammar, Senior Programme Manager, UNMAS Iraq, highlighted that "Iraqi police will play a critical role in responding to explosive hazard threats in Iraq and in saving lives and limbs. Police will often be in the front line to provide immediate response.”

Pehr Lodhammar, Senior Programme Manager, UNMAS Iraq
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