U.S. Embassy Trains 260 ISF Members on VIP Protection

Media Notice
For Immediate Release

The Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut has trained 260 Internal Security Forces (ISF) members on “Protection Of National Leaders” skills over the last 10 months.  Yesterday Head of the ISF Academy Brigadier General Ahmad Hajjar, INL Beirut Director Diana Brown, ISF Officials and officials from the U.S. Embassy attended the graduation of the ISF members who participated in the ninth and final session of this training at Aramoun Academy.

The 260 trainees, which include female ISF officers, are now equipped with specialized skills related to VIP protection.  There are also 14 ISF members who are now certified to conduct this training for their fellow officers.

This latest round of training is part of the U.S. government’s continuing support for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces.  To date, INL has invested $160 million in strengthening the professional capacity of Lebanese law enforcement and as part of the overall U.S. security assistance program to Lebanon.