Kabul, February 2014. The new Police-e Mardume Unit (Community Policing Unit) was inaugurated at Kabul City Police HQ (KCP). The opening was organised at the KCP Conference Hall to mark the completion, furbishing and equipping the unit, as a joint EUPOL- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) project.
Commander of the KCP Major General Zahir Zahir, Chief of Police-e Mardume Department at the Ministry of Interior Colonel Homayoon Ainee, Head of Police-e Mardume at the KCP Colonel Mohammad Khan Katawazai, EUPOL Acting Head of Mission Kevin Lambert, EUPOL Chief of AUCP - Community Police Department Simon O’Connor participated at the inauguration ceremony.
Herat, February 2014. EUPOL Field Office in Herat, in close cooperation with the Police Intelligence Department, held an Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) conference at Herat Police HQ.
The goal of the ILP conference was to gather all important personnel from Herat Province to share their experiences and get more insights in the process of ILP. A better understanding of the ILP cycle and NIMS information management system, supporting ILP cycle by ANP and their step by step implementation at the daily work was expected as a result of this project.
Kabul. EUPOL passed another milestone in the self-sustainability management of the e-Tashkeel (Police organisational Staffing Plan). An eight-week intermediate computer course finished recently for 27 students out of which 21 of them passed the final examination. The main goal behind the course was to train the personnel to manage and administer the Tashkeel database themselves in a professional manner, manage every data from current Tashkeel and link job descriptions of each individual policeman with the Tashkeel database. The MoI Tashkeel is the structure of the Afghan National Police as the main backbone of the ministry to deal with personnel recruitment, background information and job description.
Kabul, February 2014. The latest edition of EUPOL newsletter is out. The cover story deals with the inauguration of two training centers (Police Staff College and Crime Management College) and handing it over to the Afghan National Police.
Brussels, 10 February 2014. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, issued a following statement on the Criminal Code Procedure in Afghanistan:
"I am very concerned that this new law would restrict prosecutions for domestic violence and child abuse in Afghanistan.If the draft law is passed, it could be used to stop the relatives of alleged abusers from appearing as prosecution witnesses in court. This could be a serious backward step in the justified and legimitate struggle for the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.
Kabul. The General Human Rights (GHR) unit of the Kabul City Police celebrated the official inauguration of its Female Executive Board. In the event which was held at the end of January 2014, 120 policewomen from Kabul and representatives of national and International NGO’s were present. After numerous obstacles and delays, the Female Executive Board was formed and all female police officers from Police Districts around Kabul had the opportunity to meet and greet their representatives.
Kabul. On February 3, 2014, EUPOL Kabul Field Office hosted for the first time a Policing and Best Practice Event at Intercontinental Hotel, which marked three major developments of EUPOL Afghanistan: the finalisation of Best Practice Awards for police districts in Kabul, the launch of the Kabul City Police website and the achievement of another important milestone which is recognising the participation of Police Districts (PDs) four, five, nine and eleven in EUPOLs Police Project Phoenix.
Kabul, 3 February 2014. The use of the internet in Afghanistan is increasing rapidly and it is estimated that there are over one million internet users in Kabul. Recognizing this trend, EUPOL Afghanistan, has supported Kabul City Police to develop its its own website. The official launch took place on 3 February by the Head of Communications of the Afghan Ministry of Interior, Sidiq Siddique, in front of of senior police chiefs in Kabul and members of the international community.
Kabul, 2 February 2014. On behalf of the European Union Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, EU Special Representative and Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan today handed over the new Afghan National Police Staff College and the Afghan National Police Crime Management College to the Ministry of the Interior, represented by its Deputy Minister for Security, General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi. The 13 Million Euro investment by the EU will facilitate stronger and more professional leadership skills amongst senior Afghan Police Officers as well as more efficient and up-to-date crime prevention and investigation measures.