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Forty Women Confirmed As Police Officers In Kabul

Female police officers at an earlier graduation ceremony in Kabul
KABUL -- More than 40 female police academy graduates have been officially confirmed as officers in Kabul, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

The new graduates were recognized at a special ceremony held at Kabul’s police academy, where the new police officers pledged to fight terrorism.

General Gul Nabi Ahmadzai, the head of the Afghan Interior Ministry's police training program, described the role of women police in Afghanistan as vital and said that there is a core need for female police officers in the country.

Officials in Kabul say that the establishment of women police is of huge importance in Afghanistan, where women are under various cultural and social restrictions.

Officials say some 350 female police have been trained and posted in different provinces, while dozens more are currently being trained.

The U.S. government is the main supporter of the police training program in Afghanistan.