Ministry of Interior
-- Security Forces Information Packet
The Iraqi Ministry of Interior is a vital component in the new, democratic Iraq.
The Ministry’s mission is to ensure the security and safety of Iraqi citizens
and of their property. It will serve Iraqi citizens of all backgrounds and
beliefs. The Ministry has a central role to play in protecting the
constitutional process to allow Iraqis to build a new country free from fear.
This institution has been designed to reflect the highest standards in
professional Public Safety practice and to meet the particular needs of Iraq in
this time of transition. The Ministry will provide robust protection against
those who threaten civil order while serving the interest of all Iraqis.
· Iraqi Police Service
· Department of Border Enforcement
· Facilities Protection Service
Iraqi Police Service
· The duties of the Iraqi Police Service include enforcing Iraqi criminal law.
· Currently, the Iraqi Police Service consists of approximately 67,000
· The starting salary of an IPS officer is 90,000ID ($60) per month.
· IPS officers receive an additional 130,000ID ($87) per month in hazardous duty
· Newly hired police officers undergo an eight-week training program.
o Currently, newly hired police officers are undergoing
training at the Baghdad Police Academy and the Jordan International Police
o Approximately 150 IPS officers have completed the
o Approximately 1,500 IPS trainees are currently undergoing
the eight-week training.
o On Thursday, January 29, the first class of new police
recruits will graduate from the JIPTC and join the ranks of the IPS.
· Experienced police officers undergo a three-week training program known as the
Transition Integration Program (TIP).
o During TIP training, police officers are trained in
international standards of human rights, modern policing techniques and Iraqi
criminal law and procedure.
o Approximately 8,200 IPS officers have completed TIP
o Approximately 3,000 IPS officers are currently undergoing
the TIP training.
· An IPS candidate must possess the following qualifications for employment:
o Minimum age 20
o Complete secondary school with ability to read, write and
communicate in Arabic
o No criminal history
o No history of human rights violations
o No Ba’ath party affiliation
o Physically and psychologically fit
o Uncorrected vision of 20/200 with normal color vision
· IPS officers wear a uniform consisting of light blue shirts with a distinctive
o More than 95,000 uniforms have already been issued to IPS
· IPS officers drive blue and white vehicles, of various makes and models.
o Approximately 4,000 vehicles are on hand for use by IPS
· IPS officers will be equipped with 9mm pistols and AK 47 rifles.
Department of Border Enforcement
The Department of Border Enforcement consists of:
o Border Police
o Bureau of Civil Customs Inspection
o Bureau of Immigration Inspection
o Bureau of Nationality and Civil Affairs
· The Border Police are in the process of transitioning from a fort-based static
security operation to a modern, highly mobile, human rights-respecting police
· The duties of the Border Police include protecting the territorial integrity
of Iraq, providing security for fixed points of entry and patrolling the
borders, which include mountainous, desert, marshy and coastal areas.
· Currently, the Iraqi Border Police consists of:
o Approximately 9,000 Border Police officers.
· The current Border Police officers are a mix of rehired officers and newly
o The process of vetting those officers who worked as
officers under the former regime is on-going.
· The starting salary of a Border Police officer is 90,000ID ($60) per month.
· Border Police officers receive an additional 130,000ID ($87) per month in
hazardous duty pay.
· Currently, newly hired officers undergo the same eight week training program
as IPS officers.
o In addition, officers undergo an additional two weeks of
post-academy training, specifically tailored for Border Police officers.
· Future training plans call for the development of a train-the-trainer program
in which a team of civilian advisors will develop a course of study and train a
team of Iraqis who will then undertake training future officers.
· Later this year, the Ministry of Interior will open a new $8 million state-of
the-art Border Enforcement Academy in Sulamaniyah.
o The Border Enforcement Academy will have the capacity to
train up to 1000 recruits at a time.
o The Border Enforcement Academy will feature a shooting
house and driving track for use in training recruits.
Equipment and facilities:
· Border Police officers wear a uniform consisting of khaki shirts and pants
with a distinctive patch.
o All uniforms have been distributed.
· Border Police officers drive all-terrain vehicles of various makes and models.
· Border Police officers will be equipped with 9mm pistols and AK 47 rifles.
· The duties of the Bureau of Immigration Inspection include checking passports
and visas of travelers, detecting illegal aliens and trafficking in human
Civil Customs inspection
· The duties of the Bureau of Civil Customs Inspection include inspection of
goods to detect smuggling and ensure quality of agricultural and other imports.
Bureau of Nationality and Civil Affairs
· The duties of the Bureau of Nationality and Civil Affairs include recording
vital statistics (births, deaths, marriages, divorces), providing Iraqi citizens
with passport services and adjudicating immigration applications.
Facilities Protection Service
· The duties of the Facilities Protection Service include protection of
governmental buildings and facilities.
· Currently, there are approximately 40,000 FPS guards on duty throughout Iraq.
o This number includes approximately 2,200 Diplomatic
Protection Service (DPS) guards charged with protecting foreign embassies in
· FPS is comprised of a mix of first-time, newly trained guards and guards with
prior military or police training and experience.
o The process of vetting those with prior military or police
training and experience is on-going.
· The starting salary of an FPS guard is 83,000ID ($56) per month.
· FPS guards receive an additional 96,000ID ($64) per month in hazardous duty
· Newly hired FPS guards undergo an intensive three-day training program.
o DPS guards undergo an even more rigorous five-day training
· Currently, FPS guards are trained by Coalition forces or Iraqi trainers who
have been trained by Coalition trainers.
· The training is conducted at the Baghdad Police Academy or at sites chosen by
the hiring ministry.
o The various Iraqi ministries are free to hire and train
their own FPS guards, based on training standards set forth by the Ministry of
· The Ministry of Interior is currently considering the establishment of a
National FPS Training Center in Baghdad and mobile training teams to operate out
of each of the 18 governorates.
· An FPS candidate must meet the following qualifications for employment:
o Age 18 to 50
o Good moral character
o Pass a literacy test
o Pass a physical fitness test
o No criminal background
· FPS guards wear a uniform consisting of grey shirts with a distinctive patch.
· FPS guards drive vehicles that are provided by the ministry to which they are
· FPS guards will be equipped with 9 mm pistols and/or AK 47 rifles.