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.
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.
Kabul, August 2014. After working for 28 years as a police officer and the last seven years as a forensic investigator, Major Belqis Afzali seems to be a tough woman performing a tough job in Jalalabad city of Nangrahar province. Her function as the Deputy of Counter-Terrorism Unit where 21 officers work, out of them three are female police, makes her one of the busiest members of the unit.
Major Belqis wear civilian clothes at work and when she attends the crime scenes, she wears her special crime scene uniform. While working during the night shifts, she thinks it is a bit dangerous for women to work, but she is not afraid: “I am a tough woman and I can do it.”
Kabul, August 2014. After successful completion of outreach programmes in order to increase cooperation between the police and citizens in Kabul, 34 police officers and heads of training departments received certificates of appreciation for their best performance at the Police-e Mardume (PeM - Community Policing) Best Practice Ceremony held in Kabul.
Kabul, August 2014. Five years working at EUPOL in Afghanistan as a senior Anti-Corruption mentor, six mentees and still a lot of passion and compassion: Michael Holdsworth is the longest serving mentor for the EUPOL mission, he enjoys his work and strongly believes in continuity. He joined the mission in 2009 when his first mentee was Inspector General Lt. General Mohammad Wakeel Akbari. Currently Michael is the mentor to Ministry of Interior’s Inspector General, Major General Abdul Hakim Nejrabi, in the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) for Anti-Corruption.
Kabul, August 2014. The state-of play of community policing is at the core of the five-day seminar at the Police Staff College currently on-going between 10-14 August. The Community Policing Directorate of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has invited the main actors from all over Afghanistan for a series of discussions, including EUPOL, UNDP-JHRA, UNDP-LOTFA, UNAMA and UNICEF. The aim of the joint sessions are to discuss all possible aspects of community policing with local and international community policing experts. This forum serves to further develop the civilian policing model for the Afghan Uniformed Police and provides an excellent opportunity to network and share good practice.
Mazar-e Sharif, August 2014. “Is this really corruption?” asks one of the participants of the Anti-Corruption (AC) Mainstreaming course, conducted by Mentor Advisor for AC, Karel Kosek. EUPOL’s Anti-Corruption mainstreaming course’s intend to raise AC awareness by firstly providing the participants with a definition of corruption and secondly, by identifying corruption activities and the best ways in which to prevent and fight corruption, in all police related activities.
Kabul, August, 2014. A dead body lies on the ground. There are bloodstains spattered all around and a pistol on the gravel near the body. The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) team arrives and the officer orders in a loud voice: “Cordon the area and do not let other people to enter the crime scene.” A member of the CSI team enters the crime scene and starts marking specific pieces of evidence.
Kabul. On Tuesday, 5 August 2014, US Major General, Harold J. Greene was killed in a shooting at the Kabul Military Academy. General Greene was the deputy commanding general for the Combined Security Transition Command, involved in preparations for the withdrawal of coalition troops at the end of the year. In the same incident many other coalition and Afghan officers were injured, including a Brigadier General from Germany.