Kabul, 7 September 2013. The Kabul City Police will soon be present in the World Wide Web: the 7th September marked the beginning of the construction of its dedicated website. The site is a collaboration between Kabul City Police and EUPOL: it will feature police information, news and will be similar to what you would find on police websites across the world. Works starts immediately and it is anticipated that the website will be online by December 2013.
Kabul, September 2013. There is a severe shortage of female security forces for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections in April 2014. According to estimates of the Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) 12,000 women are needed to carry out body searches to secure the polling stations – right now the Afghan National Police has just 2,000 female police in their force. Col. Hekmat Shahi Rasouli, Head of Gender and Human Rights Department, and Major General Ghulam Mustafa Muhsini, General Deputy for Planning and Operations, at the Ministry of Interior talk about plans to address this major challenge:
Kabul, September 2013. As part of the preparation process for the new Crime Management College in Kabul, EUPOL Afghanistan has purchased six lifesaving medical training mannequins (3 male, 1 pregnant female, 1 infant and 2 children) to be used during the Advanced Crime Scene Examiners program.
This project, worth 11,000 Euro, was initiated by the EUPOL Training Component and will see that the current training offered for crime scene management will now incorporate an emergency first aid component within. Training the Afghan National Police to focus on the protection and preservation of life while being aware of crime scene hazards and the preservation of evidence will be part of the courses focus.
Bamyan, September 2013. Two schools in the Yakawlang district of Afghanistan’s central Bamyan province have spent the past two weeks serving as the pilot sites for a United Nations backed community policing project (Police e-Mardume) – aimed at improving public safety. The school safety campaign was conducted with Police e-Mardume members visiting the two schools – the Nayak Boys School and the co-educational Sherh e-Qalendar School - to brief the students on first aid and what to do in case of emergencies such as fires, traffic accidents, floods, earthquakes, as well as mine awareness.
Kabul, September 2013. Police Project Phoenix – this is the name of a 16-month standardised transition plan by EUPOL’s Kabul Field Office to support the principles of Community Policing in all 16 Police Districts (PDs) in Kabul. The plan will involve EUPOL mentors advising Afghan Police in the PDs for a four-month period and introduce the ‘POWER’ principles of Professionalism, Operations, Workforce Development, Engagement with the community and Reporting. EUPOL will be completing the advisory work in four Police Districts this year, the remaining 12 PDs will follow in 2014.
Kabul. Sharing experiences, supporting each other: the monthly network meeting of policewomen is a success story. More and more women are attending, realising the importance of the network. “The high number of female participants proves that the reunions are a strong tool to give women a voice and collect updated information about the realities in the field”, says Valeria Elefterie, EUPOL Gender and Human Rights Mentor/Adviser - Kabul Field Office.
Kabul. It was almost four years ago, in early 2009, when the seeds for the cooperation between police and prosecutor were planted. The Afghan Ministry of Interior and the Attorney General’s Office asked the Crisis Management Center Finland (CMC) to finance an “Advanced Police and Prosecutor Training Programme”. The project turned out to be a true success story with a long-lasting training resource produced: the “Police-Prosecutor Cooperation Manual”. Now, the participants of the first working group met in Kabul again on 25 August for an evaluation workshop.
Kabul. The latest edition of our newsletter (August) is out! In it you find as the cover story: The President of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association says 27.000 advocates are needed – currently there are just 1.700 in the country. Amongst many other stories one of the highlights in August was the hand-over of the Police Training Center in Kunduz to Afghan control and responsibility: a young and very committed Afghan captain is now in charge. The Police-e Mardume Units (Community Policing) have received more equipment (mobile police stations, office buildings) which enables them to become more effective and operational day by day. Find many more stoires about EUPOL activies.
Kunduz, 21 August 2013. Zabardast Safi’s police hat is soaked with sweat in the fully packed gymnasium as he receives the order officially from Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Yarmand to take over the Police Training Center in Kunduz from the German Police. “He looks young, yet he is very capable”, says Yarmand during the hand-over ceremony. The 32 year old captain is young indeed but ready and committed for the huge task ahead: he is now responsible for the center which has the capacity to train 528 students at a time. With the handover the German police, the Dutch integrated Police Mission and EUPOL Afghanistan’s field office an era ended after many years although training activities already stopped on 1 July in Kunduz.
Mazar-e Sharif, 21. August 2013. The new office container building of the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) Unit stands out like a shiny yellow tower inside the former Police Headquarters in Mazar-e Sharif. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Pieter Deelmann, EUPOL Acting Head of Mission, officially handed over the container offices which were inspected proudly by the Police-e Mardume Unit.