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.
Kabul. Despite dropping temperatures in Kabul, 40 EUPOL police officers and civilians were lining up in the sportsfield in straight rows to receive their European Union Service Medal for Afghanistan, from Karl Ake Roghe, EUPOL Head of Mission. The medal parade, held at 23 October at EUPOL HQ, was attended by the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) and Head of EU Delegation, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, Afghan Deputy Interior Minister for Administration, Major General Ekramuddin Yawar, Chief of Police for Police District 9, Colonel Najibullah Samsour and European ambassadors in Kabul.
Kabul. “I was even threatened to be fired for following a corruption case since the criminals have links to higher governmental authorities”, says a police officer and one of the participants of the Financial Investigations Course. Six policemen from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) and five prosecutors from the Afghan Attorney General’s Office (AGO) received training on Financial Investigations by EUPOL Anti-Corruption Unit. The participants are responsible for Anti-Corruption cases within the MoI and AGO. “The main goal behind conducting this course and putting police and prosecutors at the same table is to encourage them to work together as a team”, says Danut Danila, EUPOL Training Advisor for Anti-Corruption.
Kunduz. Safety outreach training for students in Kunduz: Schoolchildren in Kunduz were briefed on first aid and what to do in case of emergencies such as fires, traffic accidents, floods, earthquakes, as well as mine awareness. The Police-e Mardume Unit (Community Policing Unit) in Kunduz delivered several of such safety outreach training for schoolchildren in Kunduz in the past few months. To evaluate the impact of these activities, interviews were conducted recently by a UNAMA Police Advisor. The results are encouraging: The schoolchildren share their knowledge with their friends and their families after the training.
EUPOL Field Office Herat signs mentoring agreement with Head of Office for Oversight Anti-Corruption
Herat, October 2013. A mentoring agreement was signed in mid October between EUPOL Field Office Herat’s Anti-Corruption team and the Head of High Office for Oversight Anti-Corruption (HOOAC), Mohammad Tahir Anbari. The agreement aims at developing and implementing the capability of the HOOAC in the Anti-Corruption activities, examining single cases followed by the Office.
Kabul, 15. October 2013. The latest edition of EUPOL Afghanistan's newsletter is out.In it you find among many other articles the following: Training female police leaders, an editorial from the Head of Mission ("Sports - the great unifier"), the first community policing course at the Police Staff College, an account of a Train-the-trainers course on "Access to the Legal Aid System" and why 12,000 female security forces are needed for the Afghan elections next year. Click here to downlad the pdf: http://bit.ly/GYSqkg
EUPOL Afghanistan wishes all Afghan colleagues and friends a happy and peaceful Eid! May these days of Eid be the beginning of greater prosperity, success and happiness.
Eid Mubarak !
Kabul. “It is the second time I am attending CID seminar for senior detectives. We discussed and shared our experiences in relation to coordination between police and prosecutors and its importance, while considering the laws in Afghanistan”, says Lieutenant Colonel *Abdul, the head of a CID unit in one of Kabul Police Districts (PD) and a participant of the Seminar. “I am planning to share the outcome and knowledge I gained in the seminar with my colleagues for better flow of information in my unit in order to overcome the challenges we have been facing so far”, he added.
Kabul. The past, present and the future of (PeM) Police-e Mardume - Community Policing in Afghanistan was the main topic discussed in the Community Policing meeting at EUPOL HQ with 27 participants from different organisations such as UNAMA, UNDP-LOTFA, IPCB, COMISAF, SAYARA, PARSA-Scouts, GIZ, AANU, Ministry of Interior PeM Unit and the representatives of the EU Delegation.
Kabul. Necktie-button cameras are tiny, easy to conceal and enable investigators and undercover officers to capture video and audio (when allowed) covertly without the suspect or witnesses to notice. These cameras are a perfect fit also for Anti-Corruption investigators in Afghanistan to obtain tangible proof of evidence to convict suspects – providing that a surveillance has been approved by court. The use of the cameras was central of a EUPOL Anti-Corruption training to eight investigators from the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Corruption Unit and three prosecutors of the Monitoring and Control Prosecution Department within the Attourney General’s Office.