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Remarks for Police Communications Class Graduation

Dr. Robert P. Finn, Ambassador to Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
March 19, 2003

Released by the U.S. Embassy Kabul

The United States of America is strongly committed to helping Afghanistan mold its police service into a professional, self-sustaining organization that protects the safety and human rights of the citizens it serves.   

I am pleased to see here today, police officer representation from all of Afghanistan’s provinces.  Your participation in this five-day police radio communications course shows a personal commitment from each of you in helping to advance professional police services in your own provinces.

 

   Beginning March 24, the police radio equipment you have been trained on will begin to be installed in forty main police stations throughout Afghanistan over a ten-week period, linking the Ministry of Interior in Kabul with each of the provinces.  This communications training session and equipment donation to the Afghan National Police Service marks the beginning of a series of U.S. Government police training and equipment assistance programs which will be initiated over the following weeks.

 

   In mid-April, a U.S.-led international training team will begin developing police officer trainers from each province teaching them skills in basic training management, democratic policing methods, and human rights.  Those officers will then begin to instruct constable-level police recruits in basic police competency skills.

 

   The U.S. Government is also refurbishing the building you are now standing in, and in April, will begin to construct another building on this same site, creating a basic police school for new police officers and allowing the Ministry of Interior to host other types of specialized and advanced police training programs in the future.

 

   We hope that with the new skills you’ve learned this week that you will share the knowledge with other officers in your districts whether you are returning to duty here in Kabul, or to your stations in the provinces.  We congratulate you on completing the police radio communications course, and look forward to witnessing the professional progress of the Afghan National Police Service.         


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