A group of female police officers from the small Central Asian nation of Tajikistan are in the East Bay, getting some hands-on training, learning from the Bay Area's Finest. Janelle Wang reports.
A group of female police officers from the small Central Asian nation of Tajikistan are in the East Bay, getting some hands-on training, learning from the Bay Area's Finest.
The police departments of Fremont and Hayward are hosting the Tajik officers, teaching them training tactics and taking them on ride-alongs.
They're also giving them a chance to see how female police officers in America work alongside their male counterparts. Only about 7 percent of the police force in Tajikistan is female, and they are traditionally assigned to administrative duties only.
But that country is now working to assign female officers to criminal cases, specifically to crimes against women and children.
"To see for example how it works, how women are working in law enforcement in America, to gain some knowledge, some skills, some experience, in order to implement in our country,” said Shahri Bonu, who is from Tajikistan and is participating in the program.
Bonu says there's a popular saying in Tajikistan: "It's good to hear something a thousand times, but it is better to see it once".
Earlier in the week, the Tajik officers attended a three-day symposium in San Jose on "Women Leaders in Law Enforcement.”