On July 26, the Department of State's Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program graduated its first class of all-female Iraqi law enforcement officers at a training facility in Jordan.
U.S. representatives from U.S. Embassy Amman and Embassy Baghdad joined Jordanian and Iraqi officials at the graduation of 20 Iraqi police women at the Jordanian Public Security Department's Princess Basma Institute for Training Police Women.
The police officers, all from the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior police units, were trained in terrorist crime scene investigation techniques taught by ATA trainers with the Diplomatic Security Service.
The officers will return to their units in Iraq, where they will apply their new skills to investigate terrorist attacks and related incidents. They will join the nearly 11,000 other women police officers who make up the 500,000-strong Iraqi police forces.
Source: U.S. Department of State