School outreach builds trust and the image of policing

Kabul, October 2014. 1st Sergeant Noor Mohammad Azimi starts his duty at 7:00 in the morning. First he completes all inside-the-office tasks and prepares the syllabus and lesson plans. Then he goes to schools to deliver training as part of Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) Outreach Programme. After lunch and offering his prayers, Noor Mohammad waits for the Chief of Police District (PD) to task him for other duties. At the very end, he goes to university and studies law in the evening shift.

The latest edition of our newsletter is out!

Kabul, October 2014. The latest edition of our EUPOL newsletter (September issue) is out. Do you like to read some reflections of our staff members on their time as an international observer at the election audit? What is the link between child rights and the role of police in Afghanistan?

More cooperation and coordination will streamline the performance of criminal judicial procedures

Kabul, September 2014. In order for the law enforcement agencies to tackle crime properly and in a timely manner, the Police and Prosecutors need to cooperate more and work in a coordinated manner. Such was the emphasis of Public Prosecutor Nooria Atefy, Colonel Zabihullah Nazimy and Colonel Mohammad Yahya Mahzoon, the three participants of EUPOL’s 34th Justice and Criminal Procedures (JCP) course in Afghanistan.

Forensic lab helps to defeat crime in Herat

Herat, September 2014. To help solve crime, a new forensic laboratory in Herat is able to analyse ballistics, fingerprints and other evidence. With the financial assistance of ISAF, the second largest lab in Afghanistan is now up and running. A tour through the facility, organised for high-level national and international partners, demonstrated that the lab is fully operational.

EUPOL staff members honored at medal parade

Kabul, 25 September 2014. A total of 46 EUPOL police officers and civilians proudly lined up in straight rows today to receive their European Union Service Medal for Afghanistan, from Karl Åke Roghe and Pia Stjernvall, EUPOL’s Head and Deputy Head of Mission.

Police-Prosecutor cooperation helps to ensure justice for victims

Herat, September 2014. “By working together, we can make very strong cases and ensure justice for the victims of domestic violence” says Ms. Fariba Khawjazada, a prosecutor of Elimination of Violence against Women department in Herat and a participant of the first Unas Mustarak (Women Together) training for female police officers and public prosecutors in Herat province.

Child Rights and Policing Conference in Herat

Herat, September 2014. A real life example from Afghanistan: A poor father was about to sell one of his daughters near to the highway on his way to Herat to make ends meets for his family. Fortunately, a highway police chief observed the scene: to prevent the ‘sell-off’, he handed over to the father 4,500 Afghani (80 USD) from his own pocket. This is just one of many examples of how the Afghan police try to protect children. Yet, despite the assistance offered there is an obvious open question: Why didn’t the highway police chief arrest the father?

EUPOL workshop on strategic planning and advising

Kabul, September 2014. Opening the strategic advisers planning workshop on 15 September at EUPOL HQ, the Head of Mission, Karl Åke Roghe said ”how important this day was to better prepare the mission for the challenge of moving from operational mentoring to strategic advising.” The one-day workshop was facilitated by Jonathan McIvor and Karin Delin from Siren Associates.
The focus of the day was to engage in a conversation with key EUPOL staff about how to use strategic tools to not only help shape EUPOL’s planning, but also to provide a toolkit for our strategic advisers to use when they are engaging with our Afghan counterparts, at the strategic level.

Afghan Female police officers are working hard despite challenges

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.

Crime Scene Preservation workshop in Mazar-e Sharif

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.