Kabul, May 2014. At first glance, the meeting room at EUPOL Headquarters in Kabul appeared like a typical mission briefing room. Chairs are neatly lined up, and the omnipresent projector blasts power point presentations on the white screen.
But the lesson plan projected onto the screen revealed a different sort of briefing. “How do you manage the first contact with a child at a police station who has been traumatized or harassed?” was one of the questions to the participants of the four day Train-the Trainer workshop on Child Rights and Policing. The right answer would be: with lots of empathy.
Kabul, May 2014. Sometimes it doesn’t serve the purpose just to arrest a possible suspect as soon as you come to the crime scene. Look for more details, look for evidence. And learn to use video cameras to collect that information. That was, in a nutshell, the message of Estonian experts training the Afghan Border Police (ABP) in Kabul.
The Estonian experts Lauri Abel, Jaak Kiviste, Toomas Malva and Karl Mottus delivered four day trainings for two groups each consisting of 15 participants form ABP. The courses had very practical curriculum starting with basic instructions about how to use the cameras. There were lot of practice and role play – methods that were well received and enjoyed by the participants.
Herat, May 2014. When you want to make a difference in your environment who do you try to influence: those in power or to those who will be in power in the decades to come? Obviously both groups should be targeted but the focus can vary. This is the approach of Colonel Noor Khan Nikzad, Chief of Police-e Mardume Unite (PeM, Community Policing), who is especially interested to reach the young generation.
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Mazar-e Sharif, May 2014. To improve report writing skills, EUPOL Field Office Mazar-e Sharif delivered a hands-on training in report writing in mid of May 2014 to selected staff members in Police District (PD) 2 and PD 9. It started with a brief ten-minute exercise: A verbal description of a simple picture by one participant, not having any visual contact to the audience. This person described the picture and the audience had to draw on only what they hear, without the possibility to ask any questions. The audience provided a variety of rather different sketches.
Herat May 2014. “Our goal is to make ourselves unemployed”, says Luca Costa, the Senior Rule of Law Mentor/Advisor at EUPOL’s Field Office in Herat. Ahmad Rafi Nadiri, the Director of the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) in Herat region, is working efficiently toward that goal: to take the initiative and full responsibility for enhancing the rule of law in Afghanistan.
Herat, May 2014. 40 students from the Law and Sharia Faculties in Herat informed themselves about EUPOL activities, following an invitation from EUPOL Field Office Herat. “This is more than double the number we expected, half of them were female students,” says EUPOL Luca Costa, Senior Rule of Law Mentor/Advisor who was positively surprised by the interest. They were all welcomed in the rooms of Herat’s Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA).