US supports medical training for Pakistani police officers

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“I am now confident I can save lives”, Pakistan police officer says after completing course

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More than two dozen Pakistani police officers successfully completed a six-week medical emergency training course, with eight officers also completing a two-week Master Trainer medical course.

Held at the Jakarta Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia, the training taught life-saving medical skills to police officers who are often the first responders at scenes of emergencies and accidents.

The courses, supported by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section, included attendees from seven police organizations from across Pakistan.

Pakistani police officers, attending the course, feel much confident of their new skills, with one officer declaring “I’m now confident that I am capable of saving lives” in a medical emergency.

The eight police officers who completed the Master Trainer course are returning to their police organizations to teach medical first aid skills to their fellow law enforcement officers. All of the participating officers received internationally recognized certification in Basic Life Support.

This INL-funded training was implemented in response to requests received from Pakistani police agencies for assistance with training police officers in basic medical first aid skills.

INL Director Katie Stana noted, “INL’s goal is to work with our Pakistani partners to make sure every law enforcement officer has the training they need to effectively serve the public.” Stana added that “There is no question that this training gives Pakistani police officers the skills necessary to save lives, especially in rural areas of Pakistan where the police may be the only first responders.”

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related crime, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable.

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