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Palestinian police to be revamped

The Palestinian Authority plans to rebuild its police force with the assistance of European and American equipment, Palestinian Ministry of Interior sources said Thursday. A new uniformed police force called “The Central Security Forces,” trained to deal with riots and other violence, will also be formed under plans to revamp Palestinian Authority security, well-informed security sources said. Palestinian security sources also said that several qualified security officers had recently begun intensive professional training courses on fighting violence. The ministry sources told United Press International Thursday that the police equipment expected “is to rehabilitate the different Palestinian security apparatuses as well as being able to implement the security part in the ‘road map’ peace plan.” The sources said the equipment would include jeeps and other special vehicles to disperse riots as well as shields, light pistols and helmets. The equipment was already under Israeli control awaiting shipment to Palestinian authorities, they said. Palestinian Authority security and police forces have been devastated by Israeli attacks during the intifada. Full Story

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