NTM-I graduates 749 Iraqi Federal Police

  • 19 Dec. 2010 -
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  • Last updated: 07 Jan. 2011 15:10

Members of the Iraqi Federal Police and Zerevani, Kurdish regional government police forces, graduated from a specialized NATO Training Mission-Iraq training course on December 19 at the Federal Police Special Training Academy at Camp Dublin.

They join more than 9,400 members of the Iraqi Federal Police that have graduated from NATO training course since its initiation in 2007.

The NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I) has been running since 2004 when it was set up at the request of the Iraqi Interim Government. The aim of NTM-I is to help Iraq develop a democratically-led and enduring security sector.

This is the 15th Federal Police class graduation with 749 students from Basrah, Baghdad, Mosul and regions in northern Iraq.

While violent extremists continue to launch attacks, the police have maintained their professionalism and Iraq’s internal security,” said Deputy Commander of NATO Training Mission Iraq, Maj. Gen. Claudio Angelelli. “It is no wonder why the Iraqi Security Force remains the most trusted government institution in the country.”

Following a pass-in-review for assembled dignitaries who included United States Forces-Iraq leaders and school administrators, the students demonstrated skills they acquired during the eight-week course, including crowd control, hostage rescue and hand-to-hand combat.

NTM-I continues to make a tangible contribution to the rebuilding of military leadership in Iraq by helping to train and mentor members of the Iraqi Ministry of Defence and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).