PESHAWAR: A partnership between KP province and the US will make possible construction of a new training academy that will educate hundreds of KP prosecutors and police each year, strengthening the justice system in the province.
On Wednesday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Prosecution Service celebrated starting construction of the new facility, which will also expand services to the recently merged areas of the former FATA.
The academy will provide classroom space and teach a standardized curriculum to new prosecutors, including such topics as trial advocacy, investigation techniques, forensics, and case management.
The U.S. government provided $1.6 million for the construction of the facility through the United Nations Development Program. Construction is expected to last 18 months.
U.S. Consul General in Peshawar Jonathan Shrier said of the project, “We are proud to partner with the KP Prosecution Service as they strengthen and expand the justice system throughout the province, especially in the merged areas.”
Since 2007, the United States has provided more than $2 billion in development assistance to KP and the former FATA.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prosecution Services (KPPS) were established in 2005 under the Prosecution Services Act, 2005. It is attached to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs Department but functions independently under the leadership of the Director General Prosecution.
The prosecution plays a critical role in technical and substantive issues and in linking the Police and investigations to the judiciary and court proceedings. Currently, the department has 370 prosecutors.
The existing strength of the prosecution will increase with the deployment of prosecutors in the merged districts. A dedicated training academy will help overcome the challenges that the department previously faced in terms of building the capacity of prosecutors and its allied staff.
The newly appointed prosecutors who earlier began their duties without formal training will acquire training with the construction of the academy which will have a positive impact on their performance.
Mr. Ikram Ullah Khan, Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Department was the Chief Guest at the ceremony, with Mr. Ignacio Artaza Resident Representative a.i. UNDP, the Director General Prosecution, and the INL-Pakistan team were also present at the occasion.