By Abdul-Jalil Mustafa.
Amman, 9 July:
About 1,900 Libyans ended a three-month training course as policemen in Jordan on Monday.
They form the first . . .[restrict]batch of about 10,000 Libyans, mostly former revolutionaries, whom Jordan has pledged to train in police activities in compliance with an agreement that reached between the two country’s governments following the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime.
The graduation ceremony that was held on Monday at the King Abdullah Training City was attended by Jordan’s acting Public Security Chief, General Mohmmad Rakkad, and the liaison and coordinator of the Libyan Training Programme, Colonel Mohammad Madis.
”Your graduation today comes as part of the policy of training openness that Jordan so far adopted toward the Arab brethren and in implementation of Jordan’s belief in the transfer of police and security expertise and skills to them,” Rakkad said, referring to Jordan’s training of more than 40,000 Iraqi and Palestinian policemen since 2003.
He praised the success of the Libyan policemen in passing the security qualification plan and the specialised police training courses which he said ”had been prepared in accordance with the most sophisticated standards in the world”.
Rakkad urged he Libyan graduates to use the expertise they had won in Jordan in raising the standards of their colleagues at home ”so that the entire Libyan homeland reaps the benefits of security and stability”.
From his part, Colonel Madis thanked the Jordanian police for the specialised training that they had provided to their Libyan brethren and urged graduates to use the expertise they had achieved in maintaining security at home.
The Libyan graduates received specialised training in various police spheres including anti-riot and patrol activities, criminal investigation, the penal codes, laws and conventions pertaining to human rights, self defence as well as the hunting down and arrest of suspects.
The training course was marred at the start of this month by a brawl involving a number of Libyan police trainees that took place at the Jordanian International Police Training Centre (JIPTC).
According to government sources, the Jordanian authorities later deported at least 11 Libyan trainees after a probe conducted into the incident proved their involvement in the quarrel. [/restrict]