PESHAWAR: US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew J Schofer and Consul General Shante Moore on Tuesday inaugurated an auditorium of Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-North (FCKP-N) and barracks for policewomen.

The two-year, $1 million project was funded by the US Embassy’s office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

The policewomen barracks mean FCKP-N and the KP police can now recruit, hire and train an additional 500 female officers each year.

The two women barracks at the police training academies will accommodate 128 officers; one will be used for FC and the other for police officers.

The auditorium enables FCKP-N to offer instructions to 215 women officers, and the facility will also be used for additional FCKP-N operations.

Andrew J Schofer said the barracks and auditorium were built for civilian security and rule of law.

FCKP-N Inspector General Maj-Gen Noor Wali Khan and KP police chief Akhtar Hayat Khan also participated in the event. “Increasing the number of women in security agencies improves their operational effectiveness, enhances access to justice for everyone, and builds public trust,” Schofer said.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2024

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