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.

Please click on the link below for the PDF edition of the newsletter: http://www.eupol-afg.eu/sites/default/files/Newsletter%20July%202014.pdf

Conference on the new Criminal Procedure Code

 Kabul, June 2014. On 24 and 25 June, EUPOL organized at the Afghan Police Staff College in Kabul the first conference on the new Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) that entered into force on 5 June. The main goal of the conference was to improve the legal awareness on the new CPC and to facilitate legal discussions.

Female Executive Board of Kabul City Police: networking and sharing information

Kabul, June 2014. For the first time since the establishment of the female executive board of the Kabul City Police (KCP), 13 members of the board were invited on 24 June to EUPOL Headquarters for an official event organized by Gender & Human Rights (GHR)/Kabul Field Office. The purpose of the official lunch was to give the senior management of EUPOL updates from police district level in terms of the implementation of Gender Standard Decree, female police situation and female network meetings.

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.