COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Major Mark Martin
THIRTY IRAQI POLICE OFFICERS GRADUATE FROM LEADERSHIP
Baghdad, Iraq…May 29, 2004 – Thirty veteran Iraqi police officers, selected
for their demonstrated leadership potential, have completed a two-week mid-level
management training course, conducted by the Coalition Provisional Authority
(CPA) and the Coalition Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT), in coordination
with Iraq’s Ministry of Interior.
During the course, the Coalition instructors focused on topics such as the
basics of management, organizational structures, crime scene, civil disorder and
natural disaster management, communications methods, ethics and problem solving.
Instructors utilized a combination of lectures, practical exercises and small
group discussions in their instruction of the officers.
Most of the trainees have been working as police officers in Iraq for the past
10 to 15 years and were selected to fill management policing positions within
the reformed Iraqi Police Service (IPS).
The 30 graduates, from police precincts throughout Baghdad, represent the first
in a continuing series of IPS mid-level management courses.
“The Coalition is here to help Iraqis build their justice system,” said Steve
Casteel, CPA Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Interior at the graduation
ceremony. “But what we produce is just a series of papers. Someone needs to take
those papers and put them into law. And that responsibility falls to you.”
Since the liberation of Iraq, the Coalition has recruited and trained over 6400
new Iraqi police officers and provided remedial training to an additional 17,859
experienced police officers who have been rehired.
“Every morning you should think to yourself, ‘I can make a difference,’” Casteel
told the graduates. “But the one thing we can’t give you is leadership,” he
added. “I now challenge you to step forward and lead.”