Turkey trains over 5,000 Afghan police officers
KABUL – Anadolu Agency
The 2001 treaty reached by the two counties' Interior Ministries had facilitated the training of officers in 95 different fields, İlker Türkbayrak, Turkey's Interior Ministry's undersecretary in Ankara's embassy in Kabul said.
Türkbayrak told Anadolu Agency that a new phase began in 2011 with bi-yearly courses at a police training center in Turkey's central Sivas province.
He said there were plans to increase the proportion of women in the force within next four years.
As part of another deal in 2015, 60 officers graduated in 2018 from Ankara's Police Academy, 20 of which were sent to Afghanistan as trainers.
"Our military cooperation with Afghanistan goes far back, the first trainers of the Afghan national army were taught by Turkish officers sent by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk," Türkbayrak said.