US might scrap costly efforts to train Iraqi police

An instructor repositions the arm of an Iraqi police cadet during live-fire training in 2005 at the Baghdad Police Academy.

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By Published: May 13, 2012

The U.S. State Department could dump a seven-month-old police training program, which already has cost $500 million, that has proved costly and which Iraqi officials don't even want, according to The New York Times.

The program started in October and the State Department has spend about $343 million to upgrade facilities throughout Iraq to accommodate and train Iraqi police cadets, the Times reported. The personnel needed to be trainers has been trimmed from 350 American law enforcement professionals to now 50 advisers. Officials tell the Times even those personnel might be withdrawn by the end of the year.

Iraqi police cadets have refused to attend some of the seminars, and a costly renovation project at the Baghdad Police College was abandoned before completed, the New York Times reported in an article on Iraqi police training program.

Source: The New York Times