COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY
Contact: Shane Wolfe
NEW POLICE OFFICERS JOIN RANKS OF IRAQIS PROTECTING IRAQ
Baghdad, Iraq…January 30, 2004 – Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III today offered his
congratulations to the nearly 500 new police officers who will soon be on the
streets of Iraq, protecting the Iraqi people as part of the Iraqi Police
Four-hundred sixty-six newly-hired officers graduated Thursday from the Jordan
International Police Training Center following an eight-week training program,
becoming the first class to graduate from the Training Center.
“These new officers should feel proud and know that the Iraqi people – and I –
respect them and the new human-rights-respecting Iraqi Police Service,” said
“Like thousands of other Iraqis, these officers have taken a visible step
forward to securing the people and the future of the new Iraq. Right now in
Iraq, there are more Iraqis providing security than there are Coalition forces
During the graduation ceremony, Iraqi Minister of Interior Nouri Badran offered
congratulations to the new officers.
A second class of 500 students has already begun its training at the Training
Center and will graduate in six weeks. A third class of 1000 students will begin
its training early next month. Five-hundred additional trainees are currently
receiving instruction at the Baghdad Police Academy.
The new graduates received their training from instructors from Iraq, the United
States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Austria and Jordan.
The Iraqi Police Service, part of the Ministry of Interior, currently consists
of approximately 67,000 personnel.