About the Author: Alberto Rodriguez serves as a Spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
On November 27, 2010, nine police women graduated from a special training course that taught them how to work with victims of crime and handle the psychological and physiological damage throughout the investigation. The U.S.-sponsored training program, which occurred during the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence, is part of the U.S. government's broader commitment to working with the Government of Pakistan to protect women's rights.
Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Pakistan Mr. Chuck Bennett and Superintendent of Police Head Quarters Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Qaisrani congratulated the graduates at a ceremony at the Islamabad Police Lines.
"Crime is a serious issue for all citizens, and crimes against women are a part of that problem," said Mr. Bennett. "By working collaboratively with our partners in the Islamabad Police, we are increasing the skills and effectiveness of women in the police service. This will make Pakistan a safer place for all its citizens."
The U.S. Embassy's police training program is part of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) of the United States Department of Justice, which works in collaboration with the Department of State's Narcotics Affairs Section to partner with Pakistani law enforcement agencies to develop their capacity to combat crime and terrorist threats.
Launched in 2002, the ICITAP program works with provincial and federal police to increase leadership, management, and investigative skills. Since 2002, ICITAP Pakistan has provided training to almost 13,000 Pakistani law enforcement and security personnel.