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    200 police sergeants complete training

    HEART CITY (PAN): Two hundred police sergeants, including 20 women, graduated from a four-month training course in western Herat province, officials said on Thursday.

    The sergeants distributed graduation certificates on completing the training at the Guzra training centre, said Col. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, the western zone police spokesman.

    The graduates would travel to Kabul, where the interior ministry would take a decision on their deployment to a specific area, he said. Ahmadi said another 600 police officers are being trained at the centre.

    Abdul Ghafoor, one of the graduates, said he was satisfied with the training process and was sure to be able to serve the nation in a professional way. They learned new methods on how to fight militants and criminals, he said.

    According to Ahmadi, each sergeant received $20.67 during the training and after their deployment, they would receive $289.37 salary per month, besides having privileges to charge transport fare and others.

    There are three training centers in Heart located in Adraskan, Shindand and Guzra districts.

    So far 21000 soldiers had completed training from these centres since in 2007, Ahmadi said.

    Currently, the number of police is 150,000, which would be increase to 160,000 by the end of 2012 under an agreement with the international community.