Kabul Police reaches out to 5,000 high school students

Kabul, June 2013. Along with other important community policing goals, police departments have historically used partnerships with the schools as an opportunity to enhance the community’s perceptions of the police. “Police e Mardume Presence in Kabul High Schools” is an ambitious initiative started by EUPOL Kabul Field Office in September 2013. It was developed under the framework of the wider PHOENIX strategy and in cooperation with Police-e Mardume Unit from Kabul City Police and Kabul’s Educational Department. Since February 2014, the initiative is run entirely by the Afghan counterparts

Inside the nerve center of election security

 Kabul, June 2014. Inside the “National Police Coordination Center” at the Afghan Ministry of Interior where all Afghan security forces monitored security for the election day. EUPOL Head of Mission, Karl Ake Roghe, along with Peter Neunteufl and Alexander Schmelzer, both EUPOL mentors to Deputy Minister for Security, Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, got a look inside the command center keeping a close watch on everything.

Colonel Hasibullah: “ So far 1000 students graduated from literacy courses”

Kabul, June 2014. 48-year old Colonel Hasibullah, Head of Training and Education at Kabul City Police Headquarters, is aware of one of the biggest challenges of the Afghan National Police: the low literacy rate within the police force. Literacy is seen as the key to establish law and order.

Community policing course at Police Staff College

 Kabul, June 2014. A one week Community Policing course was recently delivered by EUPOL’s training component for those in strategic leadership positions both within the Community Policing departments of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and those aspiring to reach strategic positions. The course followed up on the success of the previous course. It is part of the collaborative push from NATO Training Mission to Afghanistan (NTM-A), UNDP and EUPOL towards achieving a standardised national Community Policing programme for officers of Lieutenant rank and above.

General Salangi briefs on election security

Kabul, 8 June 2014. Afghan Interior Minister for Security, Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, briefed representatives from embassies in Kabul at EUPOL HQ on election security. General Salangi said that the Afghan National Police and the Afghan security forces are determined to provide security during the election process on 14 June. In recent trips to several provinces he had assessed the preparations for the elections, and he concluded that the security forces have learnt a lot from the first round, and had operational plans ready to be put in place: “The second round will be better than the first round,” as the security forces are “better trained, better trained, and have more confidence” than was the case previously.

Gender and Human Right training for CID officers in Kabul

Kabul, June 2014. As many as 60 officers of Crime Investigation Departments (CID) from three different Police Districts (PD) in Kabul (PDs 2, 7 and 12) received a Gender and Human Rights training which was organised by EUPOL and delivered under Afghan ownership. The two-day training course covered theoretical and practical topics of gender concepts which are applicable in Afghanistan; it also included lectures of the main important legal documents on human rights, torture, elimination of violence against women and practical exercise in terms of dealing with victims, witnesses and suspects of domestic violence cases.

Colonel Katawazai: “People should know the difference between Community Police and Local Police”

Kabul, June 2014. “The passion for being a police officer and to serve my country has been with me since childhood”, says the Head of Kabul City Police-e Mardume – Community Policing Directorate Colonel Mohammad Khan Katawazai. After working for 34 years as a police officer, Colonel Katawazai’s love for his country and people has grown even stronger.  

The Police-e Mardume Directorate within Kabul City Police HQ was established last year. So far only five policemen work in this directorate, but Colonel Katawazai believes the number of staff within this directorate should increase.

ILP conference in Mazar-e Sharif

 Mazar-e Sharif, May 2014.The EUPOL Field Office together with Kabul Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) experts organized 28 May an ILP conference in the regional police training center in Mazar-e-Sharif. This conference was a follow-up from similar occasions held in Kabul in January and Herat in February.

The goal of the ILP conference was to support the Afghan National Police in Balkh Province in the development of the ILP cycle as well as development and implementation of tools for information management. At the same time the National Information Management System (NIMS) was introduced and it was explained how this tool is going to support the ILP process on a daily basis.

Green complaint boxes in Herat: Tip off by citizen led to arrest of suspect

Herat, June 2014. The ten 'green boxes' for complaint and suggestions set up by the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) Unit in Herat around the city are getting accepted more and more by the citizens. Recently a concerned citizen wrote a note of what he witnessed and dropped it in one of the boxes. The police officer responsible for analyzing such documents, once he read the note, immediately understood its importance and handed it over to the Counter Narcotics Department. Investigators organized a successful operation arresting a suspect together with 70 doses of heroin.

Planning Process Workshop at EUPOL

Kabul, June 2014. To enhance effective planning, ten Heads and Deputy Heads of the Human Rights, Children Rights and Women Affairs Directorate of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) participated each in a one day workshop on “Planning Process” at EUPOL HQ.

EUPOL Gender and Human Rights Mentor to the MoI, Carmen Mihai, lectured about the importance of planning as the primary function of management. She also explained about how to differentiate between organisational goals, objectives and activities.