September 24, 2010
Posted: 1457 GMT
Our team in Baghdad sent us these photos of the latest graduating class of Iraqi police cadets - over 500 of them, all set to become members of the Iraqi Federal police.
The press corps along with American and Iraqi dignitaries were treated to a display of hostage rescue exercises, martial arts demonstrations, and crowd control techniques.
Our correspondent in Baghdad, Ben Wedeman, reports that while the multinational forces have put much effort and resources into building up Iraqi's security apparatus, there is still real concern about Iraqi force's human rights record.
A recent Amnesty International report estimated that more than thirty-thousand Iraqis are being held without trial and that torture is widespread.
The Italian trainers of these Iraqi police say human rights awareness was a major component of the cadet's education and they think the formal training will make a difference.
"They taught us not to beat citizens" said newly minted officer Ali Abid.
A lesson that everyone hopes will not soon be forgotten.
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