Bahrain's Interior Ministry says a former Miami police chief will lead training programs for the Gulf kingdom's forces as part of reforms after an independent report detailed abuses against pro-reform protesters.
The announcement Thursday says John Timoney will head a team of law enforcement advisers from the U.S. and Britain.
Bahrain's Sunni monarchy has promised to address shortcomings noted in last month's independent commission report, which cited examples of torture and excessive force against Shiite-led demonstrators demanding greater rights.
Timoney served as Miami police chief from 2003-2010. He previously was commissioner of Philadelphia police and held various posts in the New York City Police Department.