Afghan police and defense lawyers ready to train together

Kabul, June 2014. Twelve professionals from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI), Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) and NGOs, gathered at EUPOL HQ in a two-day workshop to organise the delivery of five-day Access to the Legal Aid System (ATLAS) courses in Kabul and ten other selected provinces, starting after the ‘Eid-ul Fitr celebration at the end of July, 2014.

Anti-Corruption Mainstreaming Train-the-Trainers Course in Herat

 Herat. EUPOL Herat Field Office (FO) in close cooperation with Anti-Corruption trainers from EUPOL Kabul HQ delivered an Anti-Corruption Mainstreaming Train-the-Trainers course in Herat provincial Headquarters to 20 participants - among whom there were 19 police officers, out of which six female police officers,  and a lawyer representing the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA).

Police-e Mardume: Children Safety & Security Awareness Campaign in Herat

Herat, June 2014. Ever since the establishment of Herat Field Office, EUPOL mentors have set a working partnership based on a sincere, transparent and efficient cooperation with Police-e Mardume Unit (PeM) - (Community Policing Unit) within Herat Police Headquarters, led by Colonel Noor Khan Nikzaad, Herat head of Police-e Mardume. Up to the present time, the cooperation process included various activities closely related to community needs, resulting in seminars, roundtables, conferences and projects, all contributing to the creation of a close relationship between the Afghan National Police (ANP) and citizens, based on trust and mutual respect.

Connecting hotline 119 to legal aid providers

Kabul, June 2014. A first step has been taken forward to link the 119 hotline to legal aid providers. In a meeting at EUPOL HQ on 17 June, EUPOL Justice Unit facilitated the discussion on this topic with Colonel Ayni, Head of Community Policing, President Qarizada (Afghan Independent Bar Association), Wahdat (Head of Ministry of Justice Legal Aid Department), and representatives from UNDP, IDF-A, IDLO, LAOA and EUPOL's PC3 (Police Command, Control, Communications) unit. Colonel Ayni presented the 119 hotline and was receptive to the idea of linking defence lawyers (e.g.

Four female police promoted in Kabul City Police: “My new rank came as a confirmation”

Kabul, June 2014. It was a festive moment for the female police network meeting in Kabul in early June: Four of them were promoted to higher ranks. One of them was Rana Hameedzada, the Head of Gender in Kabul City Police Headquarters. She was promoted from Lt. Col to the rank of Colonel and says: “It was a well-deserved promotion that should have happened long time ago, but I am indeed happy that I am finally a Colonel.

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.