HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani on Thursday attended the graduation of the third batch of the Thunderbolt Commandos training course of the Police College.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah and senior officials from the Amiri Guard, the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI), and the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) were also present.
A total of 110 students from Qatar, Palestine, Jordan and Yemen graduated during the ceremony at the Zekreet Camp, the MoI said in a statement. The course consisted of two phases: the preparatory part in the college and practical exercise at the Zekreet Camp.
Qualified trainers supervised the thunderbolt training course with outstanding military and field exercises and various scenarios. The training programme was carried out over a period of nine weeks and up to 360 training hours under the supervision of 41 trainers.
The graduation ceremony began by showcasing various combat, climbing and patrolling skills and a documentary about the course was screened at the beginning. They included drills to get off towers, protection and transport of prisoners and raids.
The goal of the course is to develop the participants' security and practical abilities by using the latest scientific methods related to combat, raid techniques, arresting criminals, and acclimatising to areas with poor resources.
Following the graduation ceremony, HE the Prime Minister toured an exhibition and viewed the equipment and tools used by the course participants.
Meanwhile, a number of MoI officials praised the Police College's role in training officers with the aim of preparing national cadres to enhance security and maintain Qatar's leadership in international peace and security indices, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
MoI undersecretary and Lekhwiya Commander Abdulaziz bin Faisal al-Thani praised the commitment of the ministry to the Police College in designing the highest quality courses.
“The college's courses improve the capabilities of the students and increase their confidence,” he said, noting that the programmes help students increase their physical fitness and knowledge. He added that college has been able to prove that it is one of the biggest among its peers despite its relatively young age.
Adviser to the Minister of Interior and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Police College, Maj Gen Dr Abdullah Yousef al-Mal, said that the training course was one of the last courses required for students to graduate from the Police College.
“Students who enrol in the course have already passed diving and parachuting courses. The continued encouragement of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to the third batch helped lift their morale and was reflected throughout the course as everyone competed to give their best,” he said.
Maj Gen Dr al-Mal said the course is comprehensive as it enables the students to carry out the most complicated security missions.
"It also teaches them how to act appropriately under pressure in addition to increasing their physical fitness and endurance," he added.
The Police College Director-General Brig Gen Dr Mohamed Abdullah al-Muhanna al-Marri said the college has always focused on strategic planning and solid execution of all its programmes.
"The college succeeded in accomplishing many great achievements making it the best academic institution among its peers in the region within a few years.