Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Working with police to strengthen emergency response in Pakistan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has witnessed a gradual spurt in violent incidents over the past decade. Being the first responders on ground, the police often find themselves providing first aid and emergency care to those injured in such violence. To further strengthen their skills in this regard, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works with the police by conducting specialized courses.

The modules have been designed to train police personnel in first aid. The course includes discussions and hands-on practical exercises using a variety of simulated scenarios. So far, over 2,200 police officers have been trained as part of this initiative.

The course revolves around the basic components of first aid – to intervene safely and humanely, to preserve life and prevent worsening of condition, and to ensure the continuity of care.

The support to KP Police is part of a bilateral framework agreement signed in 2016, as per which the ICRC also seeks to create a pool of trainers within the police force to ensure continuity and sustainability of efforts.