Canadian Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister Stefanie Beck Visit Firearms Training Initiative for Women Gendarmes

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On 29 October 2018, the Ambassador of Canada to Jordan, Peter MacDougall, and Assistant Deputy Minister Stefanie Beck, visited a Tactical Firearms and Search training course being run specifically for women Gendarmes.

This is the second of three such courses that are being delivered to the Gendarmerie with cooperation from the Government of Canada. All 12 of the participants on the second course successfully graduated on 1 November 2018, bringing the total number of Tactical Firearms and Search course graduates to 25.

The project, which was launched in August this year to enhance the Gendarmerie’s Critical Incident Response capabilities, also includes a training component for tactical medics. In line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, a number of the women participants on the Tactical Firearms and Search courses will also go on to attend these Tactical Medic courses.

So far, three Tactical Medic courses have been held for a total of 41 participants. When the Policing Support Team — the implementing partner for the programme — conducted follow up interviews with 15 of the participants, it reported that 20 percent had since transitioned into more medical-related positions, including being deployed as the first-aid responders within their unit. A further 27 percent reported having used their new skills to provide first-aid, either while on or off duty.

The Canadian Ambassador stated during his visit, “Canada is proud to support the provision of training in critical incident response, as it increases our collective abilities to detect, prevent and disrupt terrorist activities. It is part of better serving our communities and engaging with all members of our society, irrespective of gender. 

We commend the courage and selflessness of the Jordanian female Gendarmerie officers who volunteered to take this ground-breaking training. Their contributions to the frontlines of critical incident response will save lives.”

Assistant Deputy Minister Stefanie Beck noted, “Jordan’s commitment towards collaborating in the global fight against terrorism, while protecting its citizens is a model for others to aspire to. Canada is delighted to work with the Government of Jordan and the Policing Support Team to enhance the role that women play in the security sector. Canada applauds the bravery of all law enforcement officers who act as first responders.”  

For the Gendarmerie’s part, Assistant to the General Director, Brigadier General Moutasim Abu Shattal, stressed his appreciation for the cooperation between the Government of Canada and the Gendarmerie, adding that “the Jordanian Gendarmerie is a professional law enforcement agency that is committed to developing its female and male cadres. We welcome this support from the Government of Canada as it helps put us on the path to deploying our female Gendarmes alongside their male colleagues on tactical operations.”