A group of female police officers from the central Asian nation of Tajikistan is getting some special training here in Southern California.
As part of a goodwill tour sponsored in part by the California Police Chiefs Association, the Tajik officers toured the Irvine Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Friday.
The Republic of Tajikistan is a conservative nation that is 98% Muslim, according to the country’s government.
In Tajikistan, female officers are relegated to administrative roles because they are women.
“Of course we would like to have more access like female police officers in America have,” Officer Saida Alinazarova told KTLA 5.
While in California, the Tajik officers are learning about the important roles that women play in police departments here in the United States.
Earlier in the week, they visited police departments in Fremont and Hayward in the Bay Area.
They even got to accompany their American counterparts on a few ride-alongs.
The Tajik officers hope to take what they’ve learned home and possibly change attitudes about women in law enforcement.
They are scheduled to visit the Seal Beach Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies over the next few days.