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PublishDate: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 08:53

Afghan instructors to lead in training police: NATO General

The commander of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) on Monday said his team and its Afghan Interior Ministry partners have focused on training of national police trainers to take lead in providing training within the next two years.
 
"Producing quality Afghan police trainers and instructors is our priority effort in 2011," U.S. Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell told a joint press conference with Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zamarai Bashari here.

"Based on coordinated efforts and detailed program, I believe the Ministry of Interior will be in the lead for the majority of the training of your police forces by the end of 2012." the U.S. General said.

He also noted that United States has invested some 20 billion U. S. dollars for developing, equipping and sustaining the entire Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in 2010 and 2011. "Nearly half of that would be spent specially on police facilities, police equipping and police training centers," he said.

In the same press conference, Bashari said that the government is scheduled to train over 40,000 policemen and officers in 2011.

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