EUPOL welcomes the audit of the Afghan Presidential run-off votes

Kabul, July 2014. EUPOL welcomes the auditing process of the Afghan presidential run-off votes which has now commenced. The EU recognises the Afghan ownership of this process, including a fair and balanced handling of complaints and the resolution of any disputes.

The European Union and its Member States are contributing to the audit with international observers, who will be observing the process in order to register and report irregularities to the EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT).

“Every single police officer must stop corruption”

 Herat, July 2014. As many as 35 police officers from Police District 3 (PD3) attended an Anti-Corruption workshop in Herat province. The workshop was conducted by 2nd Lieutenant Rahim Qadiri, Head of Counter-Narcotics in PD3 who was a participant on the Train-the-Trainers course organised by EUPOL Anti-Corruption Department as part of Police Project Phoenix. 

Handover of computers and Child Rights and Policing booklets

 Kabul, July 2014. EUPOL Gender and Human Rights Mentor/Advisor Mika Noori handed over 2,800 booklets on Child Rights and Policing along with two computers, projectors and IT equipment as part of the Child Rights and Policing project to BG Hekmat Shahi Rasooli, Head of Human Rights, Women Rights and Children Affairs General Directorate at the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI).

First core investigators course graduation at Crime Management College

 Kabul, July 2014. The first graduation ceremony since the opening of the new Crime Management College (CMC) in February this year took place on 10 July on the grounds of the Afghan National Police Academy (ANPA): 33 investigators received proudly and with a big smile their certificates. They all participated in the five-week core investigators course where essential topics were covered such as crime scene management, investigative interviewing, evidence gathering, professional practice and intelligence techniques for crime investigating officers.

We are hiring: Join our team!

 Kabul, 12 July 2014. Do you want to work in a dynamic and international environment? Are you determined and looking for new challenges? Do you happen to be a Staff Counsellor/Critical Incident Coordinator, Supply Chain Coordination Officer, Expert to the Ministry of Interior or Analysis or Reporting Officer (amongst many others)? Then send us your application. We're looking for brilliant people to join us to make a difference and change happen!

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Transition in practice: Incident Command Workshop for Afghan trainers

Kabul, July 2014. Afghan trainers have made a circle around a table and learn about “On scene incident command coordination and cooperation of emergency services” in a five-day workshop.

EUPOL on display at Italian Army Post Conflict Operations Study Centre

 Torino, Italy - 2014. A group of 17 students from Italy, Jordan, Macedonia, Oman, Poland and Uganda recently listened a lecture on “The EU Police and Rule of Law Mission in Afghanistan” at the Italian Army Post Conflict Operations Study Centre in Torino.

The lecture was held by Luca Costa, Senior Rule of Law Mentor/Advisor in EUPOL Herat Field Office and the the students were military and civilian functionaries from Ministries of Defence, personnel working in International Organizations, NGOs, Universities. All of them attended the 6th “Stabilization and Reconstruction Orientation Course” organized by the Post Conflict Operations Study Centre.

EUPOL condemns the killing of District Police Chief in Western Herat province

Kabul, 7 July 2014. The Head of EUPOL Mission in Afghanistan, Karl Åke Roghe, expresses his condolences to the Afghan National Police and the family and friends of the Farsi District Police Chief in Western Herat province, Major Sher Ahmad, who was killed in an attack along with four security guards this morning.

“I’m deeply saddened by the death of the Farsi District Police Chief and four security guards in this yet another brutal act of violence in Afghanistan. EUPOL strongly condemns this and all the other attacks against police officers who put their lives at risk to protect the lives of Afghans. The death of Major Sher Ahmad is not only a loss for his family but also for the Afghan National Police and for those they protect: the Afghan people”, says Roghe.

EUPOL Kabul Field Office: Project Phoenix Partnership Meeting

 Kabul. Project Phoenix is an ambitious 18-month programme to deliver civilian and community policing principles to the Police Districts (PDs) in Kabul, Mazar-e Sharif and Herat which commenced in September 2013. The project involves a three-month engagement period of intensive mentoring and training within specific PDs in Kabul. EUPOL experts from the field office, CID, Intelligence led policing, and police command and control work alongside Afghan Police commanders assessing the capability and effectiveness of a PD identifying solutions with Afghan National Police (ANP) commanders to deliver training and advice.

100 police officers successfully complete Captain to Major promotion course

 Kabul, July 2014. The graduation of over 100 police officers took place after successful completion of the Captain to Major promotion course at the Police Staff College in Kabul. The course, which lasts for several months, is the first Afghan course to be delivered at the Police Staff College and focusses upon leadership skills, legislation and community policing.