UNODC concludes landmark Training on ‘Advance Investigation Skills’ for Investigation Officers of Balochistan Levies Force  

November 01, 2022, Islamabad - UNODC Criminal Justice and Legal Reforms Programme in collaboration with Balochistan Levies Force concluded the first-of-its-kind capacity building trainings on ‘Advance Investigation Skills’ for Investigation Officers of the Balochistan Levies Force. Prior to this, ‘Basic Investigation Skills’ training was conducted earlier this year in June and July 2022. UNODC planned a series of trainings for the Investigation Officers to progress gradually from basic to advance investigation skills.

Mr. Zahid Saleem, Additional Chief Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Department and Mr. Qadir Baksh Pirkani, Director General Balochistan Levies Force were also present on the occasion. In his address to the trainees, Mr. Zahid Saleem stated, “The Levies have demonstrated their characteristic role for security in the entire length and breadth of the Province. They have made great sacrifices for maintenance of peace. Levies Force is our pride. Levies are the protectors of Balochistan. We are pained at the martyrdom of soldiers of Levies in Mastung, Chaman and Loralai”.

This landmark initiative aims to bring professional effectiveness and efficiency in delivery of services by building on core competencies such as crime scene management, learning of advanced laws, investigation skills, handling of gender-based violence cases, community policing, and forensics evidence gathering. The trainings were conducted for 3 batches of Investigation Officers at the Levies Headquarters in Quetta. Training for the 1st batch was held from 22-26 August 2022 with the participation of 20 Investigation Officers. 

This was followed by a training on 17-21 October for 25 participants including 3 women and, concluded with the 3rd batch on 24-28 October for 27 Investigation Officers including 4 women. The last two training sessions are of particular importance due to the unprecedented participation of women levies officials in the investigation skills trainings organized by UNODC.

The training was held against the backdrop of a needs assessment carried out by UNODC. It was followed by the development of a course on basic and advance investigation skills. The trainings were designed to address challenges of the criminal justice institutions including limited capacities, human resources and the lack of infrastructure.

The trainees expressed their satisfaction with the skills learned and thanked UNODC for its continued efforts to support them in this essential learning process. At the conclusion of the training, Mr. Zahid Saleem and Mr. Qadir Baksh Pirkani distributed certificates of completion to the graduating Investigation Officers of the Balochistan Levies force.

The technical and material support to Balochistan Levies Force is provided under the Rule of Law Project funded by EUD.  


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