To honour their commitment to international peace operations, the Calgary Police Service is sending two officers to Sudan to help train police.

Sgt. Clare Smart and Sgt. Jim Shaw were chosen through a rigorous selection process to be the first officers to take part in the service’s International Peace Operations Program.

“We’re very proud that the Calgary Police Service is now committed to what we believe is a moral obligation to assist countries in developing their own policing strategies and their own policing skills,” said police Chief Rick Hanson.

The mission comes just months after the CPS signed an agreement with the RCMP in February to participate in peacekeeping operations.

For Smart, being chosen for the program will fulfill a life-long dream.

“This is something that I’ve always wanted to do as a police officer, and … for Sgt. Shaw and I to be the first people to go over to Sudan … is an honour,” she said.

The two officers will be leaving for Ottawa on Sept. 8, where they will train for 10 days before heading to the Sudan.