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February 2014

Specialized U.S. Training Builds Skills of Female Prosecutors and Investigators

Islamabad | February 28, 2014
Women standing around a table (Photo Credit: State Dept.)

Female prosecutors and police investigators from Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad graduated from a U.S. sponsored training course, where they learned about evidence collection, such as lifting fingerprints from a glass.

Officials from the U.S. State and Justice Departments concluded a five-day training course on investigative and analytical techniques for female prosecutors and police investigators on February 28. The Women Police and Prosecutor Conference, held in Islamabad February 24-28, brought together female prosecutors and police investigators from Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and The Islamabad Capital Territory to receive specialized training from both Pakistani and American experts in crime scene analysis, forensic evidence collection, and interview techniques.

Speaking at the conclusion of the seminar, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Tom Williams told the participants, “Pakistan’s justice system will serve the whole population most fairly and effectively when more women fill the ranks of police investigators and prosecutors.” Mr. Williams added, “When people feel safe and protected, when those guilty of crimes are consistently brought to justice and punished for their acts, businesses will prosper and Pakistanis will have better opportunities to achieve their potential.”

The women participating in the conference received instruction from Pakistani and American experts on police-prosecutor cooperation and case presentation in addition to practical skills for investigating crimes and analyzing and presenting evidence. The participants agreed that increased coordination between police and prosecutors from the beginning of an investigation is essential to bringing criminals to justice.

This training program and conference is part of a comprehensive United States effort to support the activities of a range of Pakistani institutions to mitigate crime and eradicate terrorism. The United States partners with the government of Pakistan to strengthen its justice system and provide professional development and training for law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and judges.