US Assistant Secretary Brownfield Congratulates Sindh Police’s Defense of Human Rights

December 9, 2014

Karachi – Assistant Secretary of State and head of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Ambassador William R. Brownfield, joined Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Hyder Jamali at Sindh Police headquarters to mark the completion of a new Human Rights police training module. Pakistani police trainers will use this module to train new Sindh police recruits to respect and protect human rights.

Assistant Secretary Brownfield said, “With this new curriculum, the Sindh Police will take a step forward in ensuring that all police officers understand the need to respect the rights of all citizens, including women, children, and other vulnerable populations.”

The Sindh Curriculum Development Team, funded by $500,000 in assistance from INL and led by Deputy IGP Khalique Sheikh, developed the human rights module of the police training curriculum that will accompany other modules focusing on officer safety, forensics, and basic investigations. During the event, Assistant Secretary Brownfield committed an additional $11 million to provide specialized assistance to expand the Karachi Police’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring systems, which will more than double the existing system’s capacity. He went on to announce the opening of a permanent INL office in the U.S. Consulate in Karachi to support Sindh’s police, corrections, counternarcotics, and judicial institutions.

“The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is committed to a long-term partnership with the Sindh Police. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and I look forward to even greater cooperation in the future.” said Assistant Secretary Brownfield.INL, on behalf of the U.S. government, provides assistance to advance civilian security and human rights protection and has dramatically expanded its support in Sindh over the past three years. Support includes rebuilding police stations destroyed in terrorist attacks, establishing dedicated women police posts, and donating basic equipment such as bulletproof vests and helmets, vehicles, ambulances, explosives detection kits, and an Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems (IBIS).