Women police officers in Pakistan – making a more peaceful world
February 13, 2017: the US State Department is planning to spend more than $8 million in 2017 to increase the number of Pakistani women in police and security. That’s part of the $133 million the US wants to spend in places like Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. That money pays for running workshops for female officers, building women’s barracks and complaint rooms at stations, and buying vans so female cops…. can get to work.
Research shows increasing the ranks of women officers in police departments helps stabilize societies, builds trust between civil society and law enforcement, reduces corruption and prevents radicalization — all of which advance US foreign policy objectives. Women police officers are better at building trust with local populations, decreasing human rights abuses and de-escalating tensions, according to Allison Peters from the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, an advocacy group that has actively lobbied for the funding.
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