The US Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section recently funded a comprehensive training course to train some 30 Pakistani policemen in dealing with life-saving medical care skills.
The four-week tactical emergency medical training course, followed by a two-week Master Trainer course was held at the Jakarta Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia.
The training focused on necessary skills in life-saving medical care to police officers who are often the first and only responders to arrive at scenes of terror attacks and serious emergencies, according to a statement on US Embassy website.
“Providing emergency medical first aid training enhances the police’s capability to provide life-saving medical care to police and civilian casualties who may not otherwise receive it. Police officers attending this course now have the necessary skills to save lives,” INL Director Gregory Schiffer said.
The police officers belonged to eight police organizations including the Frontier Constabulary, the Gilgit Baltistan Police, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police, the Punjab Police, the Sindh Police, the Balochistan Police, the Islamabad Capital Territory Police, and the National Highways and Motorways Police.
All the police officials received internationally recognized certification in Basic Life Support and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. They officials expressed new-founded confidence to initiate first aid at scenes of emergencies.
“Before, we would just watch. Now, we can treat the injured and teach others how to save lives,” one Police officer who attended the training said.
The US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related crime, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable.