Project Phoenix in Kabul: Impeding community policing methods to every Police District

Kabul, August 2014. “I have given an order to our gate, that if a suspect is brought in here and then suddenly left to go, they have to stop the suspect on the gate and bring him in here in my office. I will then make some investigations of my own.” This is one of ways in which General Khwaja Jelani, commander of the Police District 16 (PD 16) in Kabul uproots corruption – the poison that could destroy the relationship between police and citizens.

Disaster police and 119 cooperation workshop

 Kabul, August 2014. EUPOL organised a workshop to establish cooperation between the Fire and Disaster Police and 119 Call Center in Kabul. The Chief of Community Policing at the Afghan Ministry of Interior Brigadier General Homayoon Ainee and the Deputy Head of Fire and Disaster Police Brigadier General Tajuddin participated in the workshop.

EUPOL Fire Mentors gave a presentation about European methods of dispatching units, Incident Command System and European system of sharing responsibility between Emergency Dispatch Center and Fire Department’s Operation Room.

Acting Minister of Justice: “EUPOL is more than a Police Mission”

 Kabul, August 2014. The cooperation between EUPOL and the Afghan Ministry of Justice will continue after 2014. The scope and focus of this cooperation was discussed in a meeting between EUPOL Head of Rule of Law (RoL) Component Daphne Lodder, Chief of Justice Department Lorin Ovidiu Hagima, National Legal Officer Sibghatullah Shakir and the Acting Minister of Justice Said Yusuf Haleem.

The cooperation will be based on the advanced legal technical support offered to the Taqneen Department, in particular (Criminal Law Division), Criminal Law Reform Working Group, Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) Working Group and advising on CPC implementation.

New steps forward in providing training for female police and female prosecutors

 Kabul, August 2014. EUPOL marked another step in the delivery of its training programme towards a strategic target group: “Afghan female police and female prosecutors”.

As many as 15 prosecutors, defense lawyers and CID officers, including three women graduated from Unaas Mushtarak (women together), a police-prosecutor cooperation course including a gender and human rights module in Kabul. The course was organised by GIZ and EUPOL Afghanistan as part of the Train the Trainers concept. The Afghan trainers will train other colleagues in the future themselves. EUPOL Head of Rule of Law (RoL) Component Daphne Lodder and EUPOL Chief of Justice Department Lorin Ovidiu Hagima took part in the closing ceremony and handed over certificates of appreciation to the participants.

Investigators graduated from the Crime Management College

 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.

Sergeant Zarghona Mohabat: “A woman knows other woman's problems”

 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.

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.