Workshop for female police officers in Herat

Herat, December 2013. A two-day training workshop for 35 female police officers was organised on 11-12 December by Tracy Flumian, EUPOL Herat's Field Office Advisor on Human Right & Gender issues. During the event, hosted in Provincial Police Headquarters in Herat, important issues on women and policing in Afghanistan were covered such as: violence against women, situation of women in Afghanistan, problems affecting female police, Code of Conduct and officers’ safety.

Holiday cheer at EUPOL HQ

Kabul, December 2013. EUPOL Afghanistan annual christmas fair brought a fair share of holiday cheer to EUPOL Headquarters in Kabul. Hundreds of guests and EUPOL staff enjoyed European and Canadian traditional christmas snacks and drinks, prepared and offered by different national contingents. Santa Claus also attended the event, giving children the opportunity to take photos with him. A huge fireplace was lit, and guests shared the warmth of the fire in each other's company. For Pieter Deelman, Acting Head of Mission, Christmas time has become a universal celebration period.

Police-Prosecutor Cooperation Manual now under Afghan ownership

Kabul. Several signatures marked the official end of the Finnish initiative “Police-Prosecutor (CoPP) Manual” at EUPOL HQ with participants from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Finish Embassy, IDLO, the German GIZ, the Finnish Crisis Management Centre (CMC) and EUPOL. The signatures also marked a new beginning:  a working group with members of the Afghan Ministry of Interior and the Attourney General’s Office will take full ownership of the Manual.

Gender and Human Rights training for CID officers

Kabul. A Gender and Human Rights training for 61 male officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was organised by EUPOL’s Kabul Field Office in November and December. “We targeted the CID officers because they are the ones who are dealing with investigations and police operations. We need to address Gender and Human rights violations to both women and men and work together on different levels in order to tackle the challenges we face within police force”, explains Valeria Elefterie, Gender and Human Rights Mentor, the aim of the course.

Interview: "Nobody enjoys or thrives in a climate of fear"

Kabul, December 2013. Fallckolm Cuenca is a Rule of Law Training Advisor at EUPOL, the European Union Police Mission in  Afghanistan. He works predominantly with Criminal Investigation Department Police as well as Prosecutors. Calling in from Kabul, Fallckolm discusses his work and EUPOL’s progress in building capacity in Afghanistan in an interview with the Chicago Policy Review.

Question: Corruption is endemic in Afghanistan, or so is said by many international observers. How is EUPOL contributing towards fighting it?

Latest edition of EUPOL newsletter is out!

Kabul, December 2013. The latest edition of EUPOLs newsletter is out. The cover story deals with EUPOL’s first Incident Command Course in early November which has the aim to train Afghan police officers to become more effective first responders.

Masters of Disasters

Kabul, November 2013. How does one learn to master a disaster? EUPOL’s Incident Command Course is a good place to start. “An earthquake has hit Kabul,“ instructor Eric Goodwin breaks to the class of 15 Afghan operational officers, and briefs them on the situation: “A bridge collapsed, several people are injured or killed, and some are trapped in their cars. Traffic is stuck. You are the incident commander at the scene - what are your first actions?”

A new legislation for corruption crimes is in the pipeline

Abu Dhabi. In a quiet setting in Abu Dhabi, the first draft of anti-corruption crimes in the Special Section of the new Afghan Penal Code was finalized during a workshop in the second week of October.

Inauguration of new EUPOL Herat Field Office

Herat. The new EUPOL Herat Field Office premises were officially inaugurated on 21 November by Karl Ake Roghe, EUPOL Head of Mission. He was accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador Deborah Lyons and EUPOL Head and Deputy Head of the Field Component, Michel Oz and Doug Ross.

The building significantly expands the Field Office providing additional accommodations and office space which enhances the operational capabilities and improves the living conditions of the team.

Afghan Police reaches out to more than 1400 high school students

Kabul, November 2013. 1st sergeant Freiba from Police District 9 in Kabul stands right next to her male colleague and explains her tasks and duties to the boys' Setara high school. They take notes, listen carefully to the female police officer and ask questions: “Why did you join the police?”, “What are your daily tasks”?, “How do you tackle corruption?”.  The interest was very encouraging and can be considered as a success, says Freiba later.