US embassy funds emergency medical training course for police officers


ISLAMABAD: United States (US) Embassy International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section has funded a comprehensive, four-week tactical emergency medical training course, followed by a two-week master trainer course, for 30 Pakistani police officers.

Held recently at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia, the training taught life-saving medical care skills to police officers who were often the first and only responders to arrive at scenes of terror attacks and serious emergencies.

Representing eight police organisations in Pakistan – 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 30 officers received internationally recognised certification in Basic Life Support and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.

According to INL Director Gregory Schiffer, “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.”

The Pakistani police officers attending this course expressed new-founded confidence to initiate first aid activities at scenes of emergencies, with one officer stating, “Before, we would just watch.  Now, we can treat the injured and teach others how to save lives too.”