Kabul, September 2014. Policewomen play an essential role in the law enforcement in Afghanistan. They are vital for Afghan women to be able to report crimes and access justice, they are needed to search women at checkpoint, cars and the homes of suspects who hide their weapons in women’s rooms where no male officer has access to. Most recently, they were needed in the presidential elections to carry out body searches required for voters entering polling stations set aside specially for women.
Mazar-e Sharif, September 2014. EUPOL Field Office Mazar-e-Sharif Crime Investigation Department (CID) advisers conducted yet another useful workshop for the Afghan uniformed police in Police District 2. The aim of the workshop was to train them on how to give the best support to CID officers when they start their investigation at the crime scene, what the duties of the first patrol arriving to crime scene are and how they should keep the crime scene intact.
Kabul, September 2014. A landslide buried entire villages under rock and mud in Argo district in the northeast of Afghanistan in May this year. Hundreds were killed, some 4,000 residents displaced. How do you manage such a large-scale disaster like that? A true nightmare, even for experienced police incident commanders.
Kabul, September 2014. EUPOL’s Project Management Officer, Linda Aitio from Finland and EUPOL's Rule of Law Mentor to Ministry of Interior, Sander Agterhuis, from the Netherlands, provide some brief reflections on their time as an international observer at the election audit.
Question: How many times did you observe at the IEC?
Sander Agterhuis: I actually went a lot, between the end of July and the end of the process, over twenty times.
Kabul, September 2014. An informal BBQ at EUPOL Headquarters on 7 September marked the start of a closer cooperation between a range of international advisers to the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI). Present were Police and Rule of Law advisers and representatives from EUPOL Afghanistan, ISAF, German Police Project Team (GPPT), the International Police Coordination Board (IPCB) and UNAMA who agreed to harmonize and collaborate further their support to the MoI as senior advisors. The dinner hosted by EUPOLs Acting Head of Mission, Pia Stjernvall, provided an excellent opportunity for interaction and networking among the guests.
Kabul, September 2014. EUPOL mission volunteers have now returned from international election observer duties after several weeks of observation at the Election Commission Headquarters. This process was given the highest priority by the mission and took priority over daily business to ensure that EUPOL played its part in expediting this historic event.
Subsequently a total 44 mission members came forward and received training from the EU Election Assessment Team. These volunteers were then deployed at the Independent Election Commission Headquarters on a rotational basis working either a morning or an afternoon shift, over several weeks.
Herat, September 2014. Another important step towards Afghan ownership has been made in Herat with the recent Access to Legal Aid System (ATLAS) Training, held between 23 and 27 August and hosted by the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA). For five days 24 participants (12 ANP officers, 6 prosecutors, 3 lawyers, 3 members of Ministry of Justice Legal Aid Department) attended the course. It was delivered by three Afghan trainers who belong to the local pool of trainers EUPOL Field Office Herat has been supporting since 2012.
Kabul, September 2014. The latest edition of our EUPOL newsletter (August issue) is out. Do you want to know more about community policing and how it is implemented in Police District 16 in Kabul? What are the thoughts of Michael Holdsworth who has been with EUPOL as a mentor for five years? Also an interesting read is a hands-on training (mock crime scene) for detectives and the kick-off for the Electronic staffing database (E-Tashkeel) which is expected to revolutionise the Human Resources Management of the Afghan National Police.