By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 31 October 2013:
Today, 1,155 new officers who will take up roles across the country graduated from the . . .[restrict]Police Academy in Tripoli.
The new police officers have completed more than seven months fast-track training, head of the Supreme Security Committee (SSC) Hashim Bishr told the Libya Herald. This started with 45 days of basic training, followed by four months of study at the academy. The final phase of the course was two months’ on-the-job field training. 1,200 recruits began the training but 45 had dropped out during the course.
“There are 14,000 more waiting to complete their basic training,” Bishr said, “but at the moment all the training centres are full.” Once there are places available, these new recruits will all complete the basic training course. Those who already have a high level of education will then start the six-month course at the Police Academy.
The academy, in the Salahedein district of the capital, used to take just 600 officers a year, who would study for between two and four years to become police officers. However, because the country desperately needs an increased on-the-street security presence, new recruits are now taking this fast-track course.