Transition in practice: Incident Command Workshop for Afghan trainers

Kabul, July 2014. Afghan trainers have made a circle around a table and learn about “On scene incident command coordination and cooperation of emergency services” in a five-day workshop.

EUPOL on display at Italian Army Post Conflict Operations Study Centre

 Torino, Italy - 2014. A group of 17 students from Italy, Jordan, Macedonia, Oman, Poland and Uganda recently listened a lecture on “The EU Police and Rule of Law Mission in Afghanistan” at the Italian Army Post Conflict Operations Study Centre in Torino.

The lecture was held by Luca Costa, Senior Rule of Law Mentor/Advisor in EUPOL Herat Field Office and the the students were military and civilian functionaries from Ministries of Defence, personnel working in International Organizations, NGOs, Universities. All of them attended the 6th “Stabilization and Reconstruction Orientation Course” organized by the Post Conflict Operations Study Centre.

EUPOL condemns the killing of District Police Chief in Western Herat province

Kabul, 7 July 2014. The Head of EUPOL Mission in Afghanistan, Karl Åke Roghe, expresses his condolences to the Afghan National Police and the family and friends of the Farsi District Police Chief in Western Herat province, Major Sher Ahmad, who was killed in an attack along with four security guards this morning.

“I’m deeply saddened by the death of the Farsi District Police Chief and four security guards in this yet another brutal act of violence in Afghanistan. EUPOL strongly condemns this and all the other attacks against police officers who put their lives at risk to protect the lives of Afghans. The death of Major Sher Ahmad is not only a loss for his family but also for the Afghan National Police and for those they protect: the Afghan people”, says Roghe.

EUPOL Kabul Field Office: Project Phoenix Partnership Meeting

 Kabul. Project Phoenix is an ambitious 18-month programme to deliver civilian and community policing principles to the Police Districts (PDs) in Kabul, Mazar-e Sharif and Herat which commenced in September 2013. The project involves a three-month engagement period of intensive mentoring and training within specific PDs in Kabul. EUPOL experts from the field office, CID, Intelligence led policing, and police command and control work alongside Afghan Police commanders assessing the capability and effectiveness of a PD identifying solutions with Afghan National Police (ANP) commanders to deliver training and advice.

100 police officers successfully complete Captain to Major promotion course

 Kabul, July 2014. The graduation of over 100 police officers took place after successful completion of the Captain to Major promotion course at the Police Staff College in Kabul. The course, which lasts for several months, is the first Afghan course to be delivered at the Police Staff College and focusses upon leadership skills, legislation and community policing.

Regional Police Training Center Mazar-e Sharif handed over to Afghans

Mazar-e Sharif. On the 26th of June the Head of German Police Project Team (GPPT), Brigadier General Alfons Aigner officially handed over the Regional Police Training Center to the Afghans. National and international guests, including the Deputy Interior Minister for Policy and Strategy Mr. Masood Azizi, EUPOL Acting Head of Mission Kevin Lambert, participated at the handover ceremony in Mazar-e Sharif.

 “This training center has been designed and built to offer the best environment and opportunity for the future careers of female and male officers”, said BG Alfons Aigner.

Code of Conduct training delivered to over 1000 police officers in Balkh

 Mazar-e Sharif. Rule of Law, impartiality (non-discrimination), use of force, responsibility towards individuals, confidentiality, obedience of orders, serving the community, honesty and discretion are the nine basic principles of the Afghan Ministry of Interior’s Code of Conduct to be obeyed by the Afghan police. Those principals are in the core of Code of Conduct training courses delivered in Mazar-e Sharif.

“Code of Conduct is about the good behavior and performance of the police. To be a police is not just a job, it is a vocation”, says Sylwia Zalewska Loewenberg, Acting Rule of Law Senior Mentor/Advisor in Field Office Mazar-e Sharif.

Female police Shura meeting in Mazar-e Sharif

 Mazar-e Sharif. Afghan female police held its third Shura (council) meeting in Mazar-e Sharif. Female Shuras provide a perfect possibility to receive firsthand, honest information about female police problems. However, as stated by Lida, 3rd Sergeant from Afghan Border Police at 5th Zone Balkh and one of the female participants: “This is the third female Shura meeting I’m attending and nothing has changed so far”. She showed her disappointment about the missing progress in relation to female issues. 

Italy took over the presidency of the EU Council

 July 1, 2014. Italy took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from Greece. Italy will take a leading role with regards to the EU affairs for the upcoming six months. To mark this day, a flag hoisting ceremony was held at EUPOL HQ in Kabul and the Italian flag was raised next to the EU and Afghan flags. 

Every six months, a EU member state has the responsibility to assume the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Currently eleven Italian experts are working at EUPOL mission, five of them are policemen and six others are civilians.

July 2014 edition of the EUPOL newsletter is out !

The EUPOL Newsletter July 2014 edition is out. In this newsletter, you can read EUPOL Head of Mission’s message on Ramadan, reports of the recent new Criminal Procedure Code conference and the nerve center of the election security as well as many activities of Kabul City Police.

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