Shahkas, November 17, 2021 –The U.S. government, through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), inaugurated a new police training center in Shahkas and ten new check posts in the newly merged districts. U.S. Consul General Richard H. Riley and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL) Director Mark Tervakoski joined KP Minister for Labor and Culture Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Moazzam Jah Ansari, and Frontier Corps KP North Inspector General Major General Adil Yamin at the ribbon cutting ceremony and also celebrated the groundbreaking of a new women’s accommodation barracks. In total, the United States Government is providing over $7.4 million for the three projects.
“Today’s event marks another step in the long partnership between the United States and Pakistan,” said U.S. Consul General Riley. “These facilities will help the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police train increasingly capable, professional officers and expand law enforcement services into the newly-merged districts, leading to increased security and prosperity for the people living in the region.” Regarding the women’s accommodation barracks, INL Director Tervakoski noted, “As more Pakistani women join the ranks of officers, they will inevitably widen police understanding of gender issues and enhance the quality of service offered to Pakistanis of all genders.”
The new training facility has a 500-officer capacity and is already playing an important role in the training of former Levies security forces as they transition into the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial police. The ten check posts in Khyber, Mohmand, Kurram, and other tribal districts will smooth the transition of former Levies forces into the KP Police and help extend police services to the citizens of the newly merged districts. The women’s accommodation barracks, scheduled for completion in July of 2022, will assist the KP Police in their goal of increasing the number of female officers in their service. All three facilities were constructed by the Frontier Corps, KP-North.
For almost 40 years, the United States and Pakistan have worked to improve citizen security and enhance police capacity across Pakistan. The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help combat crime and corruption; counter the narcotics trade; improve police institutions; and promote court systems that are fair and accountable. Find out more about INL at: http://www.state.gov/j/inl/.