Kabul. The risk and vulnerability in Afghanistan are at a high level and a lot of the goals for the development of this country have been challenged by the losses in man-made and natural disasters in this country. In major and critical incidents, the police must act immediately to take action and prevent large scale damages. This can only be done by a professional command, control and communication system within related entities.
The EUPOL Police, Command, Control and Communications (PC3) unit started a project to organise nation-wide incident command courses for the Afghan National Police. The first course started on 9th November 2013 with 15 participants who are operational commanders in police districts in Kabul.
Kabul. EUPOL’s Police Staff College played host to a range of European Union Ambassadors and delegation members on Tuesday 12 November, 2013. The dignitaries attended at the invitation of the Head of Mission represented on this occasion by Deputy Head of Mission, Pieter Deelman.
As the Staff College is soon to move to its new location in Kabul, this is likely to be the final high level visit to the establishment. The guests were met by Superintendent Ralph Logan, who gave a short presentation on the history of the project, its achievements to date, and future plans, before having an opportunity to watch training classes in action, and finally spending a worthwhile time with the Afghan head of the College General Sayec.
Herat. Afghan ownership and Afghan-led training workshops boost the capacities of the Afghan police. EUPOL Herat Field Office organised a “Basic Crime Scene Preservation” workshop for 17 Afghan National Police (ANP) officers, NCOs and patrolmen assigned mostly to the Police Districts in Herat City. This was the first Afghan-led EUPOL training workshop delivered in Herat as EUPOL commences the transition of training responsibilities to Afghan ownership. The outcome was overall positive: The fact that an experienced Afghan officer was able to deliver the course, utilizing his field experience and stories, intrigued the audience as he added his “Afghan touch” to the delivery of the material.
Kabul, 5 November 2013. The first National Procurement Conference (NPC) was held in Kabul to develop an efficient and transparent procurement system in Afghanistan. The commitment of key ministries to abide by the Procurement Law and enforcing the efficient and transparent expenditure of public funds in Afghanistan was the main agenda in this high level conference.
Herat/Lashkar Gah, November 2013. Seven mobile police stations financed by the EU delegation have eventually arrived at their final destinations in the provinces Bamyan, Kunduz, Herat, Helmand, Pol-e-Khumri, Chagcharan and Mazar-i-Sharif. The customized Toyota vehicles are fully equipped with laptops, mobile beamers and loudspeakers; they will serve several purposes: they permit the police officers to meet the public, to be present in crowded places as local markets, and to support the region where the population has not direct access to police service in remote areas.
Kabul. A delegation of the European Parliament (EP) had extensive meetings with the staff of EUPOL Afghanistan in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif during their recent visit to Afghanistan. Headed by Arnaud Danjean, Chair of the Subcommittee on Defence and Security of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and by Thijs Berman, Chair of the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan, the delegation’s visit was important in with the 2014 transition period ahead.
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Kabul. White smoke flows through the door of the first floor of an apartment building. The three firefighters with masks and breathing apparatus enter the building, to search and rescue the victims, their fire hoses splashing high-pressure water inside the smoke-filled room to extinguish the fire. A few minutes later they are outside again – their breathing apparatus and masks are taken off by their colleagues. “Are you ok?”, asks the Afghan team leader. They are tired – but happy to breathe fresh air again.
Herat. “How does Police-e Mardume (PeM - Community Policing) in the west differs from policing in other regions in Afghanistan? What are the benefits of PeM? What has the Afghan National Police (ANP) to do in order to gain trust and respect of their community?” These were the topics of the discussion at the fifth and last EUPOL community policing course in Herat province.
Kabul, October 2013. EUPOL Police Project Phoenix is in full swing: the training courses in the first four police districts in Kabul have already started with support of all EUPOL units. The next police districts 2,7,12 (PDs) are now being assessed and specific needs identified. The project was recently introduced by EUPOL mentors over a lunch to 50 elders and religious leader in the presence of Chief of Police of PD 7. “All participants were all very receptive and positive towards the project,” says EUPOL mentor Frank Jensen. There was some confusion on terms when Jensen asked the police officers of PD 7 whether they already have community policing activities in place.