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.
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.
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.
Kabul, July 2014. There are people In Afghanistan and all over the world who unselfishly dedicate themselves to welfare of animals, taking care of them and giving a new chance for maltreated creatures. Every now and then they hear the question “Why? Shouldn’t we take care of the suffering people first”? But that’s what Kabul based organization, Nowzad Dogs, do: while vaccinating dogs they fight against rabies which kills about 1000 people in Afghanistan every year.
Herat, July 2014. Thirty Police officers have had a two days training in Community Policing (Police-e Mardume) concepts in Herat City. According to the Chief of Police-e Mardume, Colonel Nikzad and his team, the course is in line with the Afghan National Police and EUPOL strategies, to have all police officers trained in Community Policing.
The thirty police officers, including two women, were drawn from various units of Herat District. The training, which was an integral part of EUPOL’s comprehensive Project Phoenix, was held at Police District 3 headquarters in Herat.
Kabul, 27 July 2014. Eid mubarak message from Pia Stjernvall, Acting Head of Mission. See below link to Youtube video and text in English, Dari and Pashto. http://youtu.be/1lUqrVlJqFU
"On behalf of EUPOL Afghanistan I extend my very best wishes to the people of Afghanistan on the joyful occasion of Eid al Fitr. This is a time for families and for the celebration of what binds humanity together, both in Afghanistan and many Muslim communities worldwide.
Kabul, July 2014. For the first time the Afghan National Police (ANP) are having E-Tashkeel (electronic organisational staffing plan database). Afghan Deputy Minister of Interior for Administration, Lieutenant General Ikramuddin Yawar, pressed the button to mark the launch of E-Tashkeel in a ceremony attended by high-ranking officials from the MoI, NTM-A and EUPOL.
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).
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.