UNODC in Collaboration with NACTA Organizes a Basic Terrorism Investigation Course for Newly Inducted Direct Inspectors

19th June 2021, Karachi. Under the framework of Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT) Sindh Project, UNODC in collaboration with the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), and with the financial support of the European Union, organized a Basic Terrorism Investigation Course for newly inducted direct inspectors from 24th May to 18th June 2021 at the Shahid Hayat Police Training College (PTC) School of Investigation, Saeedabad, Karachi. The workshop brought together participants from various districts of Sindh, with a significant number of women officers. There were 148 direct inspectors, divided into three groups, being trained simultaneously. 

At the opening ceremony Col Ghulam Abbas, Senior Training and Programme Coordinator PACT, paid tribute to the sacrifices of the Sindh Police force, and lauded its efforts and successful operations throughout the province. Col Abbas stressed that this training would complement the efforts of Sindh Police, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Sindh, and NACTA in developing a proactive response to the threats posed by terrorism.

On this occasion Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Mr Naeem Ahmed Sheikh formally opened the Training Session, and appreciated the efforts of the PACT team and UNODC in chalking out the rollout plan for capacity building of Sindh Police and CTD Sindh. In addressing the trainees he asked them to remain disciplined throughout the training rollout, and urged them to avail the benefits of the content developed by the PACT project. The DIG further thanked UNODC and EU for providing this opportunity to Sindh Police despite the scenario of surging COVID-19 cases countrywide and other challenges. 

After the joint opening for all three batches, formal training sessions commenced, whereby senior instructors explained the major concepts and rationale of the training; followed by sessions on community policing. All three groups at all times had the same training content delivered to them through different instructors, the common curriculum earlier designed vide a rigorous modules review process by the established Training Module Review Committee and a series of Training of Trainers sessions.

The training was also aimed at instilling leadership qualities in the trainees by introducing them to important concepts behind leadership, promoting teamwork, and inspiring them to be better supervisors of their police stations: these factors considered vital components of the course. Another training session was devoted to critical incident response, entailing different conceptual lessons and practical exercises, to help trainees understand the issues behind this seminal subject.

Anti-corruption, ethics, and integrity being critical elements for inculcation in police officers, a full day was devoted to these issues. All trainers at all times delivered conceptual sessions augmented by practical exercises, as per the optimal training methods for this course. The training concluded with a post-test and session on efficiency and discipline benchmarks in the Sindh police, likewise essential topics for any training regime for police officers. 




This activity was made possible with the financial support of the European Union under the Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI).