The first phase of training under the Pakistan Army and Frontier Constabulary Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) of former Khasadar and Levies personnel integrated into the K-P police came to an end on Sunday.
The first training phase, conducted in different areas of the tribal districts, lasted from September to December, 2020. Around 4,000 personnel were integrated into the provincial police department during this time.
The personnel were trained in operations concerning counter-terrorism, quick reaction force, policing and firing. Moreover, they were also taught how to deal with IEDs and explosives, provided awareness regarding modern equipment, as well as physical fitness.
The training sessions were observed by K-P Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, senior officials of the Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps and police on various occasions.
The passing out parade was held under strict Covid-19 protocols, and was attended by families of passing out policemen, senior officers of the army, FC, Police and other guests.
The integration of the personnel comes following the approval of a provincial cabinet bill in August 2020 seeking to make the Levies and Khasadar forces a part of the regular police force of the.
The K-P assembly, on August 1, passed a bill to regularise all temporary Khasadar forces who were either being paid a partial salary or honorarium.
Social Welfare Minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan tabled the Khasadar Forces Amendment Bill 2020 and the Local Government Ordinance (amendment) Bill 2020.
Under the former, those who had been standing in for Khasadar forces and rendering duties as proxy and were being paid, even partially for it, were to be regularised in the force.