Islamabad: In honour of International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson recognized the bravery and dedication of Pakistan’s police women at a U.S.-sponsored seminar with 40 women from different law enforcement agencies.
Female police officers, representing four provinces, gathered to discuss strategies to fully integrate women into all Pakistani policing organizations.
During the seminar organized by the U.S. government’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Agency (INL) and International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), participants discussed approaches to supporting and empowering Pakistan’s female police forces. This is the second year that the United States has recognized the work of Pakistan’s police women during International Women’s Day.
“You are breaking the barriers of traditional models and roles in policing,” remarked U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson during the seminar. “With your help, police across Pakistan are reforming practices and procedures to improve policing in their communities. The bravery and dedication of the women seated in this room, rival that of any police force in the world.”
Over the past four years, the United States has worked with Pakistani law enforcement agencies to help build capacity and interagency cooperation through the Police Assistance Program.
The Women’s Police Program assists in the professional development of female police by providing training, equipment, and infrastructure. The U.S.-funded, $5 million program provides training in first aid and investigation skills in Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar.
The U.S. government is committed to working with Pakistan to strengthen law enforcement. In addition to the Women’s Police Program, INL provides $80-100 million annually to support Pakistan’s civilian law enforcement agencies with training, infrastructure projects, and equipment.