The decision to send UK police officers to train their counterparts in Libya was "naive and insensitive", the chairman of the Police Federation said.
Paul McKeever said the scheme would spark anger over the killing of Pc Yvonne Fletcher.
She was shot 25 years ago outside the Libyan embassy but the Government has allegedly agreed her killer would not be tried in Britain.
He said: "Whilst it may be customary for countries to look to the UK police to provide expertise and training I find it incredible that the Foreign Office has been so naive and insensitive imposing this particular request on the National Policing Improvement Agency.
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