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                                    U.S. EMBASSY BAGHDAD

                                   Office of the Spokesman

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     May 13, 2012

U.S. Embassy: “Police Development Program is a Vital Part of theU.S.-Iraqi Relationship”

 Despite a New York Times report to the contrary, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the Department of State have no plans to shut down the Police Development Program (PDP) in Iraq that began in October 2011.  According to U.S. Embassy Spokesman Michael McClellan, “The Iraqi Government and the State Department regularly review the size and scope of our law enforcement assistance efforts to ensure that these  programs best meet the needs of Iraq’s security forces.“ 

As part of its review of staffing and space issues in early 2012, and in close consultation with the Iraqi Government, the Embassy and the Department of State decided to return the Baghdad Police College Annex to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and relocate U.S.-funded advisors to the Embassy compound by the end of 2012.  

The Police Development Program is concerned not only with forensic techniques and law enforcement methods – it is also about the proper role of the police in a democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.  As such, it contributes to both security and the strengthening of democratic institutions.  All of these programs are jointly developed with the Iraqi Government to ensure that programs and training are professionally relevant. 

“The Police Development Program,” said Spokesman Michael McClellan, “is a vital part of the U.S.-Iraqi relationship and an effective means of standing by our Iraqi friends as they protect their sovereignty and democratic institutions from internal and external threats.”