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U.S. Embassy provides Emergency First Responder Course for Law Enforcement officcers

January 29, 2009

Narcotics Affairs Officer Anne Carson (right) and instructor James Kelly (center) congratulated the participants of the emergency first reponder training course, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, January 29, 2010.

Dushanbe:The Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in Dushanbe hosted an emergency first responder training course January 18–29, which will improve the quality of emergency medical care rendered to victims of accidents and illnesses. The U.S. Embassy's Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) funded the course, and James Kelly, a retired instructor from the New York City Police Department Academy who now advises the MIA Academy, organized and instructed the course.

The participants included officers from the MIA Police Academy, MIA Police Training Center, Drug Control Agency (DCA), Main Department of the Border Guards (SCNS), and State Committee on National Security. During the course, the officers learned how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to adults, provide basic life support, counter airway obstructions, and recognize the symptoms of a life-threatening injury or illness. In addition to the specialized training, the U.S. Embassy also provided modern equipment, including automated external defibrillators and casualty kits.

"We established the emergency management faculty in September 2009 and want to learn more techniques to build up the expertise of our instructors," said the Police Academy Director Abduhakim Sherali Rozikzoda. "We are looking to build our capacity according to international standards," he continued.

The Police Academy was established in 1991. It is located in Dushanbe, with an additional campus in Khujand. It is a four-year institution and is Tajikistan's largest law enforcement educational facility. The U.S. Government enjoys an ongoing partnership with the Police Academy, which includes providing English-language training for the officers and working with the Academy's executive staff to modernize training, curriculum, and infrastructure development.