EUPOL Head of Mission's Message: Ramadan Mubarak!

 Kabul, June 2014. The holy month of Ramadan will begin next week and I would like to take the opportunity to extend my best wishes to our Afghan colleagues, partners and friends for the start of this month.

Teaching peace - Afghan scouts and Kabul police outreach for orphanages and schools

 Kabul, June 2014.The partnership between the Afghan Scouts, Police e Mardume Unit and Eupol has started in April this year with a highly appreciated by the public community service where approximately 40 young scouts teamed up with patrolmen in order to clean up the neighborhood of Police district 5 (PD 5). In May joint police-scouts team made a new outreach, this time to the Maskan and Allawodin orphanages accommodating together 670 children.

Training for EUPOL mission staff

 Kabul, June 2014. Amid a strong blustery west wind, 68 Mission Members braved the dust and heat to participate in a first of its kind mission training event run by EUPOL at a local Afghan National Army training area.

The event was designed to acquaint Mission Members with the types of weapons the EUPOL Private Security Company uses as well as introduce them to the tactics and procedures employed in the event of an incident.

Afghan police and defense lawyers ready to train together

Kabul, June 2014. Twelve professionals from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI), Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) and NGOs, gathered at EUPOL HQ in a two-day workshop to organise the delivery of five-day Access to the Legal Aid System (ATLAS) courses in Kabul and ten other selected provinces, starting after the ‘Eid-ul Fitr celebration at the end of July, 2014.

Anti-Corruption Mainstreaming Train-the-Trainers Course in Herat

 Herat. EUPOL Herat Field Office (FO) in close cooperation with Anti-Corruption trainers from EUPOL Kabul HQ delivered an Anti-Corruption Mainstreaming Train-the-Trainers course in Herat provincial Headquarters to 20 participants - among whom there were 19 police officers, out of which six female police officers,  and a lawyer representing the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA).

Police-e Mardume: Children Safety & Security Awareness Campaign in Herat

Herat, June 2014. Ever since the establishment of Herat Field Office, EUPOL mentors have set a working partnership based on a sincere, transparent and efficient cooperation with Police-e Mardume Unit (PeM) - (Community Policing Unit) within Herat Police Headquarters, led by Colonel Noor Khan Nikzaad, Herat head of Police-e Mardume. Up to the present time, the cooperation process included various activities closely related to community needs, resulting in seminars, roundtables, conferences and projects, all contributing to the creation of a close relationship between the Afghan National Police (ANP) and citizens, based on trust and mutual respect.

Connecting hotline 119 to legal aid providers

Kabul, June 2014. A first step has been taken forward to link the 119 hotline to legal aid providers. In a meeting at EUPOL HQ on 17 June, EUPOL Justice Unit facilitated the discussion on this topic with Colonel Ayni, Head of Community Policing, President Qarizada (Afghan Independent Bar Association), Wahdat (Head of Ministry of Justice Legal Aid Department), and representatives from UNDP, IDF-A, IDLO, LAOA and EUPOL's PC3 (Police Command, Control, Communications) unit. Colonel Ayni presented the 119 hotline and was receptive to the idea of linking defence lawyers (e.g.

Four female police promoted in Kabul City Police: “My new rank came as a confirmation”

Kabul, June 2014. It was a festive moment for the female police network meeting in Kabul in early June: Four of them were promoted to higher ranks. One of them was Rana Hameedzada, the Head of Gender in Kabul City Police Headquarters. She was promoted from Lt. Col to the rank of Colonel and says: “It was a well-deserved promotion that should have happened long time ago, but I am indeed happy that I am finally a Colonel.

Kabul Police reaches out to 5,000 high school students

Kabul, June 2013. Along with other important community policing goals, police departments have historically used partnerships with the schools as an opportunity to enhance the community’s perceptions of the police. “Police e Mardume Presence in Kabul High Schools” is an ambitious initiative started by EUPOL Kabul Field Office in September 2013. It was developed under the framework of the wider PHOENIX strategy and in cooperation with Police-e Mardume Unit from Kabul City Police and Kabul’s Educational Department. Since February 2014, the initiative is run entirely by the Afghan counterparts

Inside the nerve center of election security

 Kabul, June 2014. Inside the “National Police Coordination Center” at the Afghan Ministry of Interior where all Afghan security forces monitored security for the election day. EUPOL Head of Mission, Karl Ake Roghe, along with Peter Neunteufl and Alexander Schmelzer, both EUPOL mentors to Deputy Minister for Security, Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, got a look inside the command center keeping a close watch on everything.