Tuesday, November 09, 2010

U.S Trained Internal Security Forces Officers Graduate

US Embassy Press Release November 9, 2010
The United States Government continues training Internal Security Forces (ISF) personnel as part of an on-going $116 million law enforcement assistance program. Thaddeus Kontek, the Director of the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Programs, congratulated 15 officer graduates, who recently completed the 10th U.S.- Lebanese Supervision and Management Course. Six of these graduates also completed the Instructors Course at the Internal Security Forces (ISF) Academy in Warwar. Since January 2008, the U.S. and Lebanese instruction team has trained 4790 ISF members in basic and advanced police skills and leadership courses.

The Supervisor and Management Course is an eight-week, state-of-the-art training program, taught by U.S. instructors with the assistance of Lebanese police and legal professionals. Officers learn the latest technical and leadership skills and how to apply these to on-the-job situations. An additional week of training provides skills on how to be a training instructor.

With these professional courses, the ISF is building its capacity and proficiency. The current $116 million U.S. assistance program to the ISF strengthens the ISF and is part of the overall U.S. security assistance program to Lebanon. The law enforcement assistance program strengthens the ISF ability to enforce the rule of law and protect the Lebanese people. The professional development of the ISF is critical for Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence and security.