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Turkish police offered Arabic, Kurdish language courses

Offering language electives is an attempt to comply with EU standards for police training

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The Turkish Police Academy’s newly revamped curriculum has incorporated languages commonly spoken in many parts of the country including Arabic, Kurdish and Armenian as electives for new recruits, a local daily reported Thursday.

The Turkish National Police Academy, which educates and trains mid to high-ranking police officers, is offering the new courses not only to enhance communication with minorities in Turkey but also to be better equipped when dealing with migrants coming from neighboring Syria and Iraq, The Daily Sabah reported.

In addition to Arabic, Kurdish and Armenian, the academy will also offer Greek, Russian, Persian, Georgian and other Turkic languages.

The overhaul is an attempt to comply with EU standards for police training.