British Trainer of PA Police Says They're Ready
(IsraelNN.com) Colin Smith, the British police officer trained the Palestinian Authority police force in Judea and Samaria for the past two years, says the 1,000 or so officers that he worked with are trained to cope with Hamas-organized demonstrations expected ahead of the scheduled end of term of President Mahmoud Abbas on January 9, according to Haaretz. The newspaper interviewed Smith last week as he approached the end of his two-year stint as head of mission of the European Union Police Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support.
Smith said the biggest challenge which his successors will also have to deal with is establishing a reliable justice system in the area. He said it could take at least two years to finish the job started by the mission's 15 legal advisers.