By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN – The Police Department recently hosted a unique set of police officers that came to town for training.
The visitors were 10 female Iraqi police officers who worked alongside the DPD and received training in Dearborn from May 12 to 19. This is the first time that an all-female Iraqi delegation of officers have participated in police training in the United States.
The Iraqi police observed field training officers and techniques and were imbedded with patrol officers and specialized units. They also met with command staff, street officers and detention officials. It also allowed them to be exposed to police training techniques and curriculum in the United States.
The training was part of the Iraq Police Education Program, which is managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and its partner police departments.
The project was funded by a grant awarded to the IACP by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The grant is for five-years and $8 million, and has facilitated training for more that 100 Iraqi police officers since the program was introduced in 2010.
A statement from the IACP said that DPD was chosen to train the officers because of its “excellence in Community Policing” and for its “ability to assist with the integration of the Iraqi police officials to the democratic, community-oriented, and evidence-based culture of American policing.”
Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the experience was good for the DPD.
“The Dearborn Police Department is proud to have provided training to this group of Iraqi female police officers,” Haddad said. “We valued this training experience and believe it serves to better safeguard the world from violent extremism.”
(Bob Oliver can be reached at [email protected])