Lebanese police officers graduate from U.S. program

13:46, April 09, 2010      

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U.S. deputy chief of Mission Thomas F. Daughton congratulated on Thursday in Beirut a group of over 320 Internal Security Forces (ISF) police cadets and officers who graduated from the U.S.-funded police training program.

The U.S. embassy in Lebanon said in a statement that "the cadets were presented with their completion of training certificates and encouraged to use their newly acquired knowledge in service to the public."

It pointed out that "the graduating cadets were trained in a ten-week, state-of-the-art program, taught by U.S. instructors and curriculum developers with the assistance of Lebanese police and legal professionals."

Earlier, ISF and U.S. officials conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly completed 7-million-U.S. dollars initial renovation of the Warwar Academy in south Beirut.

The statement noted that "the renovations provide classroom space for 100 additional students, a modernized kitchen and improved dormitory space to accommodate over 380 resident students during their training."

It also said "the U.S. government has been assisting the ISF in its development since 2007 through several programs. This training program is part of the ongoing 104-million-U.S. dollars commitment to law enforcement assistance programs."

The U.S. embassy announced in March the graduation of the first class of ISF cadets and officers.

On Tuesday, the U.S. government delivered to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) shipments of weapons and ammunition.

Source: Xinhua


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