A Step Towards A Safer Afghanistan: 242 Female Officers Graduate from Police Training in Turkey

Mar 15, 2018

More than 240 Afghan Female Police Officers graduated from Sivas Police Training Academy of Turkey. Photo: SPTA / 2018

This week 242 female police officers - 150 new recruits and 86 currently serving - graduated from a four-month intensive police training course in Sivas, Turkey. The training is another step towards increasing women’s representation in the Afghan police force. With the addition of these freshly-graduated officers, the number of Afghan female police will reach over 3000, a concrete step towards the Ministry of Interior’s goal of 5000 female police. 

Speaking to the graduates at the ceremony in Sivas, Afghanistan’s Minister of Interior, Wais Barmak, reiterated the government’s commitment to protecting female police officers from workplace harassment.

“There is zero tolerance for sexual harassment, misuse and abuse of authority against female police” the Minister said. He also emphasized the ministry’s commitment to making it easier for women to join the police and to ensuring the recruitment and deployment of the new graduates according to their skills. 

The ceremony was also attended by UNDP Afghanistan Country Director, Jocelyn Mason, who reassured the participants of UNDP’s long-term commitment to help build a sustainable police force, and empowering Afghan women.

“This initiative is part of our continuing efforts to create a police force in Afghanistan which serves the people, upholds law and order, and provides security and stability” said Mr. Mason. “UNDP is pleased to be part of history-in-the-making for women in Afghanistan. Gender equity is not only a fundamental human right, but an essential condition for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.”   

Since 2013, UNDP and the Ministry of Interior Affairs, with funding from the government of Japan, have trained over 1,100 female officers at the state-of-the-art training facility in Sivas. Cadets at the academy go through an intense schedule of training and learn advanced policing techniques. The training includes classes on law enforcement, computing, physical training, first aid, dispute resolution, community policing and crime scene investigation.


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