Between June and September 2017, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section provided nine Pakistani police organizations with state-of-the-art, lightweight protective gear (30,500 bulletproof vests and more than 27,000 ballistic helmets) worth more than $23 million to protect police officers as they fight terrorism and crime.
The police agencies include all provincial police departments:
- Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
- Frontier Constabulary
- Federally Administered Tribal Areas Levies
- National Highways and Motorway Police
- National Police Academy
This assistance now brings the total number of protective gear assistance since 2009 to more than 53,000 bulletproof vests and almost 47,000 ballistic helmets.
INL Director Gregory Schiffer said:
The Pakistani Police make sacrifices every day to carry out their duties and to keep their communities safe. Both in the United States and Pakistan, we depend on our police to protect our people, and we will continue to stand together with the people of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and the commitment to stability and justice in Pakistan.
Bulletproof vests and helmets are critical in improving police operational capacity and saving officers’ lives as they respond to threats from heavily armed groups, including terrorists, militants, and narco-traffickers. Across Pakistan, police officers are often targeted by criminal and terrorist groups.
According to the National Police Bureau, more than 6,000 police officials have been killed in the line of duty in Pakistan during the last 15 years.
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help combat crime and corruption, counter the narcotics trade,improve police institutions and promote court systems that are fair and accountable.