NOWSHERA, Dec 10 (INP): Assistant Secretary of State and head of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Ambassador William R. Brownfield, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak, inaugurated the Joint Police Training Center (JPTC) in Nowshera. The nine million dollar center funded by INL began working with elite police officers in May 2014 and will continue to train up to 600 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police officers and 200 levy forces annually in modern and advanced policing methods.
“The United States is proud to support efforts to improve citizen security and enhance police capacity in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region,” said Assistant Secretary Brownfield in his opening speech to Pakistani law enforcement officials. The JPTC is a modern training center and the first of its kind in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The facilities include barracks, helipads, a 400-meter shooting range, rappelling towers, combat sheds, and mock urban and rural terrain settings.
“This has all been achieved because of the remarkable partnership we share with the Pakistani government and people, including the law enforcement professionals who risk their lives each day to protect their communities,” said Assistant Secretary Brownfield.
Since 2008, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has worked with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s police and financed the construction of police lines in Swat, as well as donated vehicles, radios, surveillance equipment, and life-saving personal protective gear.