Major Belqis: “I am a tough woman and I can do it”

 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.” 

Police-e Mardume members receive certificates for best performance

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.

“Show compassion, be open-minded”

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.

Community Policing Seminar – Sharing good practice from across Afghanistan

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.

"Is this really corruption?"

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.

CSI Kabul: hands-on training for detectives

 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. 

EUPOL Afghanistan hosts Eid party

Kabul, 6. August 2014. Dancing, listening to Afghan traditional music, sharing kebab and dumplings (mantu) and building relationships: senior leaders from the Afghan National Police, the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan Attorney General’s Office gathered at EUPOL HQ for a Eid ul-Fitr party marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. EUPOL has taken the first opportunity after the official Eid festivities to host the party.

EUPOL condemns attack at Kabul Military Academy

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.

Community consultation in PD 16: sharing mutual expectations

Kabul, August 2014. What does a community expect of its police? And what are the expectations of police from community? Leadership of Police District 16 in Kabul and relevant community representatives came together on 3-4 August to find the answers on a workshop organized by the Afghan NGO Sanayee Development Organization in cooperation with PD 16 leadership and Police-e Mardume Unit from Kabul City Police (KCP). The workshop was facilitated by EUPOL Kabul Field Office.

Last POLASTRIS workshop held – but the story continues

Kabul, August 2014. Policies and strategies are developed by the Ministry of Interior in Kabul but very often they are not effectively communicated to police officers outside the capital. This is where the POLASTRIS project (Policy and Strategy Implementation Support Project) steps in to overcome the gap: Its aim is to enhance the Ministry of Interiors (MoI) capabilities and to assist them to implement and execute police policies down to the provincial and district levels. The last of 36 workshops was recently held in Kabul. To have a long-term impact, a train-the trainer course will subsequently be developed for police officers to teach them how to work with policies in their own regions.