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Timoney tutors against torture in Bahrain

The peripatetic John Timoney has a new job. He's going to Bahrain to train the Gulf kingdom's forces in how not to torture people.

Timoney tutors against torture in Bahrain

John Timoney , former police commissioner in Philadelphia and elsewhere, is heading to Bahrain.
John Timoney , former police commissioner in Philadelphia and elsewhere, is heading to Bahrain. C.M. GUERRERO

The peripatetic John Timoney has a new job. He’s going to Bahrain to train the Gulf kingdom’s forces in how not to torture people.

At least that’s what Heard in the Hall infers from the announcement about his hiring. We could not reach Timoney for comment.

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said it hired the former Philadelphia police commissioner in response to an independent report that detailed abuses against pro-reform demonstrators.

After leaving Philadelphia, Timoney served as Miami police chief from 2003-10.

Timoney’s job in Bahrain could be a cakewalk after his most recent assignment — advising Camden County on merging city and county police forces into a single, regional unit. He has also taken on such dangerous diversions as teaching “The Politics of Policing” at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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