Afghanistan Graduates Another Class Of Policewomen
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
August 6, 2010
KABUL -- Officials in Kabul have announced the
graduation of more policewomen as Afghanistan bids to
increase the female presence in its security forces,
RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
The class of 16 women received their certificates
in a ceremony in Kabul on August 5 after eight months
of training at the national police academy. They will
soon be assigned to different parts of the country
according to the needs of various districts.
Police academy General Director Sayed Mohammed
Qudusi told reporters at the ceremony that
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry is doing all it can to
make the newly established education and police
training system for women effective.
The academy is funded by the U.S. government.
Cadets at the academy were taught how to conduct
house searches, methods of recognition, explosives
neutralization and dismantling, use of firearms and
making arrests, as well as techniques used in
detecting the smuggling of drugs.
"Our aim is to bring and restore social order [to
Afghanistan]," Qudusi said. "We have to organize our
programs and bring the quality of education to a level
that is in accordance with the needs of society. We
have to realize these needs on the ground and act
Qudusi said the academy's goal is to have trained
5,000 female police officers by 2015. He said that so
far a few hundred female cadets have graduated.
Policewomen serve several important functions in
Afghanistan. For example, they are more adept at
dealing with female criminals or in frisking women.
Many say their existence in a strict Islamic society
like the one in Afghanistan can help counter negative
But policewomen are also often the victims of abuse
or public acts of disrespect by people who think they
should be living a more traditional way of life.
Madia is one of the new graduates. "I was taught
the required tactics -- for example, how to use a gun,
or etiquette," she told Radio Free Afghanistan. She
added that greater efforts are need to establish a
robust police force in Afghanistan.
Some 1,500 Afghan police were killed between 2007
and 2009, three times as many deaths as those suffered
by Afghan Army soldiers.
There are more than 80,000 police in Afghanistan,
and the Interior Ministry wants to eventually have
some 160,000 in line with international calls for
Afghan security forces to play a bigger role in the
fight against insurgents.