Kabul. EUPOL Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) unit is conducting courses at Police Districts of Kabul as part of the Police Project Phoenix. Police Districts four, five, nine and eleven are currently the main targets to receive training on intelligence, the intelligence cycle, different types of sources, the collection of information and reporting.
Kabul. “My duties as a policewoman within the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) unit in Mazar-e Sharif (MeS) are to visit girls’ schools, beauty parlors, and other organisations where women work. Interacting with them, assuring them of police support as well as establishing cooperation between the police and the public are our main goals”, says Major Sofia Sunil, a member of Police-e Mardume in MeS, and a participant of the First Community Policing Course at the Police Staff College.
Mazar-e Sharif. A Murder at a mosque and a suicide case concerned the people at Nahr-e Shahi district of Balkh province. EUPOL Field Office Mazar-e Sharif (MeS) mentors held a meeting with MeS CID personnel and prosecutors to discuss these cases and share experiences on conducting proper investigations.
The meeting provided the participants the opportunity to meet each other and openly discuss different investigative techniques and challenges that they face.
Kabul. To be a policewoman in a traditional society like Afghanistan is a challenging task. To be a female police leader is even more challenging.
After listening to the opinions of the participants of the First Female Leadership Development Course, one realises that in spite of threats and challenges, Afghan policewomen are highly motivated to work for Afghanistan. This working condition will improve with appropriate training and support to high-ranking policewomen.
Kabul, September 2013. EUPOL Afghanistan is supporting the Afghan Female Police. Karl Ake Roghe, EUPOL Head of Mission, explains in a Youtube Video the need for more female police in Afghanistan and how EUPOL is supporting the Afghan Ministry of Interior’s effort in this matter.
Kabul, September 2013. 25-year-old Captain Waheda Ruzai is the first female instructor and the youngest teacher at the Police Staff College in Kabul which provides leadership, management and specialized training to the Afghan National Police (ANP). Her students are mostly male colleagues, mid- and high-rank police officers from all over Afghanistan who are more senior than her and tend to ask difficult questions to test her knowledge. However, Captain Waheda who has been more than six years in the police force is self-confident and in control of the class although she admits that “at times it is quite a challenge”. She has always been eager to study and to increase her knowledge and wants to learn new teaching methods.
Kabul. Community Policing (Police-e Mardume) is now a top agenda for EUPOL’s Kabul Field Office and Police-e Mardume (PeM) unit of Kabul City Police (KCP). During a kick-off meeting the cooperation for introducing Community Policing within Kabul Police Districts has been discussed. EUPOL is starting soon with its first activity: a school outreach project, developed by EUPOL mentor Oana Neagu. The project will be implemented under Afghan ownership and will target thousands of students from over one hundred schools in Kabul to learn about safety and cooperation. The youth will also learn about their responsibilities and they will be encouraged to join the police.
Helmand, September 2013. Fallckolm Cuenca, EUPOL Rule of Law Training Advisor, writes about his experience delivering the 25th EUPOL Justice and Criminal Procedure Training (JCP) at the Lashkar Gah Training Centre in Helmand.
The air is already vibrating under the Helmand heat at 07.00h. I am told that “this is ‘cool’, you should have been here a month ago- that was hell- not a gust of wind from anywhere”.
Escorted through a compound in the north east of Helmand, just a few kilometers from the town of Lashkar Gah, I am walking through a landscape reminiscent of the moon had it not been for the military installations.
Lashkar Gah, September 2013. Scottish bagpipers assigned to the Royal Highland Fusiliers lead a procession of VIPs during a ceremony for the handover of the Lashkar Gah Training Center (LTC) whilst the students of the Afghan National Police are sitting on the bare ground. Then, scissors are produced and the ribbon is cut three times - once by U.S. Maj. Gen Miller, once by the Provincial Governor Baluch and a third time by the Provincial Police Chief Gen. Angar.
Kabul, 12. September 2013. “On behalf of the European Police Mission in Afghanistan, I congratulate Afghanistan’s national football team on its victory in the South Asian Football Federation championship yesterday. During the Taliban, many sports were forbidden in Afghanistan but this ban didn't prevent the sportsfans to resume their play on dusty playing fields. Since 2006, a Kabul Premier League has been organised with 12 professional teams from the Kabul. Since last year, the country has also an national league with eight teams from different provinces in Afghanistan who are competing against each other. The matches are played in the Ghazi Stadium, named after King Amanullah who built it in 1923 and who first encouraged football in the country.