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October 22, 2013 > Local Police Departments welcome female police officers from Tajikistan

Local Police Departments welcome female police officers from Tajikistan

Submitted By Fremont Police Department

The police departments of Fremont and Hayward, California hosted a contingency of female police officers from the central Asian nation of Tajikistan. The officers arrived in the Bay Area to participate in and attend the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium October 6-8, 2013 in San Jose.

Following the Training Symposium and in partnership with the California Police Chiefs Association and The Emergence Group, a consulting agency working to reform policing in Tajikistan, Fremont PD and Hayward PD partnered with the Tajik officers and their translators with female officers from the diverse East Bay communities.

The Tajik officers toured local departments, spent time talking with local female police officers, had lunch together and participated in ride-a-longs with Fremont or Hayward police officers.

Female police officers in Tajikistan have been traditionally assigned to administrative duties only, very similar to the beginnings of law enforcement in the United States. This visit to the U.S. was designed to allow the Tajik officers to watch American female police officers handle crime alongside their male counterparts. Tajikistan is moving toward having their female police officers handle crimes against women and children, a progression that mirrors the evolution of female police officers in America.

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