Afghan experts deliver “Access to Legal Aid System” training in Herat

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.

Latest edition of EUPOL newsletter is out!

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.

“I will never give up whatever it takes”

 Kabul, September 2014. The police officer points to a banner with the Code of Conduct for the Afghan National Police and says: “This is what all policemen should know by heart and what we teach.” He knows the text for sure: After 9 years on the job in different units, Second Lieutenant Mohammad Massoud Jasoor, had been appointed 18 months ago as the Head of Training and Education in Police District 11 (PD 11) in Kabul.

“What can the police do for you? Call 119!”

Kabul, August 2014. A policeman surrounded bv smiling children is on the cover page of the cartoon book titled: “What can the police do for you? Call 119!” In this beautifully illustrated book several emergencies are portrayed in which Afghan citizens ring the phone number 119, the emergency number of the Afghan National Police (ANP). In each incident, the police arrives swiftly and solves the problem. In sum, 9.000 cartoon books in Dari and Pashto have been produced by EUPOL Community Policing Department. They will be distributed in schools in Kabul and in the provinces as part of the Police-e Mardume outreach programme by dedicated police units.

Project Phoenix in Kabul: Impeding community policing methods to every Police District

Kabul, August 2014. “I have given an order to our gate, that if a suspect is brought in here and then suddenly left to go, they have to stop the suspect on the gate and bring him in here in my office. I will then make some investigations of my own.” This is one of ways in which General Khwaja Jelani, commander of the Police District 16 (PD 16) in Kabul uproots corruption – the poison that could destroy the relationship between police and citizens.

Disaster police and 119 cooperation workshop

 Kabul, August 2014. EUPOL organised a workshop to establish cooperation between the Fire and Disaster Police and 119 Call Center in Kabul. The Chief of Community Policing at the Afghan Ministry of Interior Brigadier General Homayoon Ainee and the Deputy Head of Fire and Disaster Police Brigadier General Tajuddin participated in the workshop.

EUPOL Fire Mentors gave a presentation about European methods of dispatching units, Incident Command System and European system of sharing responsibility between Emergency Dispatch Center and Fire Department’s Operation Room.

Acting Minister of Justice: “EUPOL is more than a Police Mission”

 Kabul, August 2014. The cooperation between EUPOL and the Afghan Ministry of Justice will continue after 2014. The scope and focus of this cooperation was discussed in a meeting between EUPOL Head of Rule of Law (RoL) Component Daphne Lodder, Chief of Justice Department Lorin Ovidiu Hagima, National Legal Officer Sibghatullah Shakir and the Acting Minister of Justice Said Yusuf Haleem.

The cooperation will be based on the advanced legal technical support offered to the Taqneen Department, in particular (Criminal Law Division), Criminal Law Reform Working Group, Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) Working Group and advising on CPC implementation.

New steps forward in providing training for female police and female prosecutors

 Kabul, August 2014. EUPOL marked another step in the delivery of its training programme towards a strategic target group: “Afghan female police and female prosecutors”.

As many as 15 prosecutors, defense lawyers and CID officers, including three women graduated from Unaas Mushtarak (women together), a police-prosecutor cooperation course including a gender and human rights module in Kabul. The course was organised by GIZ and EUPOL Afghanistan as part of the Train the Trainers concept. The Afghan trainers will train other colleagues in the future themselves. EUPOL Head of Rule of Law (RoL) Component Daphne Lodder and EUPOL Chief of Justice Department Lorin Ovidiu Hagima took part in the closing ceremony and handed over certificates of appreciation to the participants.

Investigators graduated from the Crime Management College

 Kabul, August 2014. After five week of intensive studies 34 investigators, among them one woman, have graduated from the 7th Core Investigator Programme which was conducted at the Crime Management College (CMC).

Among the guests at the graduation ceremony in Kabul were Colonel Essa Mohammad, Head of the CMC, Colonel Isa, the Deputy Head of the Afghan National Police Academy (ANPA) and Ulf Dieter, the Mentor to the Head of Crime Management College. Furthermore over 200 students of ANPA attended the ceremony.

Sergeant Zarghona Mohabat: “A woman knows other woman's problems”

 Kabul, August, 2014. On a sunny afternoon a sobbing and upset woman in burga goes around in Police District 16 in Kabul to find a female police officer. She could talk to a male police officer, but she feels she needs to talk to another woman. When she meets Sergeant Zarghona Mohabat sitting behind her desk, she can finally share her worries.

The crying woman demands the release of her two sons who were brought to the Police District (PD) after a physical fight with their neighbors. Sergeant Zarghona knows how to communicate with her. Very nicely and in kind words Sergeant Zarghona assures the woman that after the investigation her sons will be released if they were innocent.