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.
Kabul. “In order to build trust between the schools and the police, we send policemen and policewomen to boys’ and girls’ schools in Police District 9 (PD 9) to make sure they are not concerned about security”, says Colonel Najibullah Samsour, Chief of PD 9.
To discuss this important matter, the Chief of Police District 9, the Chief of City District, the Head of Education at District 9 and 18 principles of the schools in District 9 of Kabul had a kick off meeting on the upcoming school outreach project as part of the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) concept.
Herat. Mosques are peaceful and sacred places for praying but also to pass on instructions for peace and security to the public. The cooperation of mullahs, Chiefs of religious Shuras and scholars are needed to improve the security in the province of Herat. Their advice is being taken seriously by the public and if they pray against violence and terrorist attacks, they will be heard by the public. This is what the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) Unit in Herat realised: they gathered all religious leaders to work together to improve the current situation. In Herat, the most common crimes are kidnappings and also throughout the country suicide bombings and terrorist attacks are frequent.
Kabul. A brand new classroom, 10 state-of-the art laptops, a EUPOL hired trainer ready: the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has entered on 18 August a new phase with the kick-off of its first computerized system for their Tashkeel (Police organizational Staffing Plan). The MoI Tashkeel is the structure of the Afghan National Police as the main backbone of the ministry to deal with personnel recruitment, background information and job description. The computerised system will now enable the FMD (Force Management Department) and Tashkeel Department to keep standardised records of the personnel within the MoI.
Kabul, 15. August. Dancing, listening to Afghan traditional music, sharing Afghan kebab and dumplings (mantu) and building relationships: over 400 guests, including senior leaders from the Afghan National Police, the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan Attorney General’s Office gathered at EUPOL HQ for a Eid ul-Fitr party marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. EUPOL has taken the first opportunity after the official Eid festivities to host the party.
Kabul, 12 August 2013. Putting in place clear internal regulations for both detainees and police officers working in detention facilities was one of the main issues discussed at the kick-off meeting of the working group “Legal Support for Management of Police Detentions Facilities” at EUPOL HQ. The EUPOL Rule of Law Component and the Afghan Minister of Interior (MoI) Legal Affairs General Directorate were inviting experts on a strategic level to provide legal advice support.
Kabul, 7 August. They are marked with with “Democratic police” and “Donated by the EU”: seven mobile police stations financed by the EU delegation were handed over today in a ceremony at EUPOL HQ to the Afghan Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) units. With a big smile General Ghulam Mujtaba Patan, Acting Afghan Minister of Interior, accepted the car keys to one of the Toyota vans from Karl Ake Roghe, EUPOL Head of Mission. The vehicles will be used in seven provinces throughout Afghanistan: Bamyan, Kunduz, Herat, Helmand, Pol-e-Khumri, Chagcharan and Mazar-i-Sharif.
I would like to wish all you Eid Mubarak at this important time of the year. I hope the holy month of Ramadan went well for you and I wish you and your families a relaxing Eid al Fitr. I also look forward at this time of the year: I am sure that the next 10 months will be a positive but also challenging time for us. We are opening of the new Police Staff College and Crime Management College which will be run by our Afghan colleagues. Both academies will contribute to the further development of the Afghan National Police – this will contribute to a better security in the country –essential in the light of the upcoming presidential elections.
Kabul. Ramadan for Muslims is a month of sharing, inviting, fasting and praying. In this spirit, senior leaders from the Afghan National Police, the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan Attorney General’s Office gathered to take part in an Iftar dinner at EUPOL Headquarters. Karl Ake Roghe, EUPOL Head of Mission, hosted Afghan generals, colonels, lawyers, prosecutors and counterparts from Kabul to join him for the traditional meal in which Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.