Finland deploys police trainers to support security in Iraq

A CJTF-OIR trainers takes an image of Iraqi Police Force training to build greater security in liberated areas

Finland has since February 2018 deployed five Finnish police experts to crisis management assignments in Iraq in order to support training of police officers, organised by the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh.


The police officers take part in a training mission of the Iraqi national police forces, led by Italy, which aims to strengthen the Iraqi police forces’ capacity to maintain security. It is particularly important to improve security in the regions liberated from Daesh. This will also enable internally displaced people’s return to their homes.

Participation in the coalition’s training of police officers forms a part of Finland’s comprehensive support to Iraq. Finnish soldiers are currently contributing to the coalitions’ military training activities. Additionally, Finland supports Iraq’s stabilisation and mine-clearing activities, and provides humanitarian assistance from its development cooperation appropriations.

Learn more about Finland’s crucial role in the Coalition here

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