Kabul. Several signatures marked the official end of the Finnish initiative “Police-Prosecutor (CoPP) Manual” at EUPOL HQ with participants from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Finish Embassy, IDLO, the German GIZ, the Finnish Crisis Management Centre (CMC) and EUPOL. The signatures also marked a new beginning: a working group with members of the Afghan Ministry of Interior and the Attourney General’s Office will take full ownership of the Manual.
Kabul. A Gender and Human Rights training for 61 male officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was organised by EUPOL’s Kabul Field Office in November and December. “We targeted the CID officers because they are the ones who are dealing with investigations and police operations. We need to address Gender and Human rights violations to both women and men and work together on different levels in order to tackle the challenges we face within police force”, explains Valeria Elefterie, Gender and Human Rights Mentor, the aim of the course.
Kabul, December 2013. Fallckolm Cuenca is a Rule of Law Training Advisor at EUPOL, the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan. He works predominantly with Criminal Investigation Department Police as well as Prosecutors. Calling in from Kabul, Fallckolm discusses his work and EUPOL’s progress in building capacity in Afghanistan in an interview with the Chicago Policy Review.
Question: Corruption is endemic in Afghanistan, or so is said by many international observers. How is EUPOL contributing towards fighting it?
Kabul, December 2013. The latest edition of EUPOLs newsletter is out. The cover story deals with EUPOL’s first Incident Command Course in early November which has the aim to train Afghan police officers to become more effective first responders.
Kabul, November 2013. How does one learn to master a disaster? EUPOL’s Incident Command Course is a good place to start. “An earthquake has hit Kabul,“ instructor Eric Goodwin breaks to the class of 15 Afghan operational officers, and briefs them on the situation: “A bridge collapsed, several people are injured or killed, and some are trapped in their cars. Traffic is stuck. You are the incident commander at the scene - what are your first actions?”
Abu Dhabi. In a quiet setting in Abu Dhabi, the first draft of anti-corruption crimes in the Special Section of the new Afghan Penal Code was finalized during a workshop in the second week of October.
Herat. The new EUPOL Herat Field Office premises were officially inaugurated on 21 November by Karl Ake Roghe, EUPOL Head of Mission. He was accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador Deborah Lyons and EUPOL Head and Deputy Head of the Field Component, Michel Oz and Doug Ross.
The building significantly expands the Field Office providing additional accommodations and office space which enhances the operational capabilities and improves the living conditions of the team.
Kabul, November 2013. 1st sergeant Freiba from Police District 9 in Kabul stands right next to her male colleague and explains her tasks and duties to the boys' Setara high school. They take notes, listen carefully to the female police officer and ask questions: “Why did you join the police?”, “What are your daily tasks”?, “How do you tackle corruption?”. The interest was very encouraging and can be considered as a success, says Freiba later.
Kabul, November 2013. EUPOL Afghanistan held its bi-annual mission-internal Rule of Law (RoL) Conference on 17 November. Approximately 50 international and national mission members working in the area of RoL from all Mission Components and Field Offices attended the Conference. The purpose of this second RoL Conference in 2013 was twofold: to translate Head of Mission’s ideas and guidance on a more coherent and streamlined RoL strategy into concrete activities to be carried out until the end of 2014 (end of EUPOL’s current mandate), and to strengthen the cooperation, coordination and communication between RoL experts throughout the Mission with the aim to reach a higher degree of focus and uniformity of the Mission’s RoL activities.
Herat, November 2013. It all started last in fall 2012, when the EUPOL Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police component of the Herat Field Office had a number of criminal cases translated into English to gain a clearer insight of the cases being presented to the prosecutor by the Herat Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The results showed that many cases being submitted to the Prosecution Office were incomplete: Reports were missing and illegible, some cases lacked evidence to lay charges and seized property was being mishandled and in some cases, missing. As a result, standard Case Management Check-List and Property Seizure form were developed by EUPOL CID mentors modeled on a Canadian examples.