Kabul, September 2013. To be a policewoman in a traditional society like Afghanistan is a challenging task. To be a female police leader is even more challenging.
After listening to the opinions of the participants of the First Female Leadership Development Course, one realises that in spite of threats and challenges, Afghan policewomen are highly motivated to work for Afghanistan. This working condition will improve with appropriate training and support to high-ranking policewomen.
Kabul, September 2013. EUPOL Afghanistan is supporting the Afghan Female Police. Karl Ake Roghe, EUPOL Head of Mission, explains in a Youtube Video the need for more female police in Afghanistan and how EUPOL is supporting the Afghan Ministry of Interior’s effort in this matter.
Kabul, September 2013. 25-year-old Captain Waheda Ruzai is the first female instructor and the youngest teacher at the Police Staff College in Kabul which provides leadership, management and specialized training to the Afghan National Police (ANP). Her students are mostly male colleagues, mid- and high-rank police officers from all over Afghanistan who are more senior than her and tend to ask difficult questions to test her knowledge. However, Captain Waheda who has been more than six years in the police force is self-confident and in control of the class although she admits that “at times it is quite a challenge”. She has always been eager to study and to increase her knowledge and wants to learn new teaching methods.
Kabul. Community Policing (Police-e Mardume) is now a top agenda for EUPOL’s Kabul Field Office and Police-e Mardume (PeM) unit of Kabul City Police (KCP). During a kick-off meeting the cooperation for introducing Community Policing within Kabul Police Districts has been discussed. EUPOL is starting soon with its first activity: a school outreach project, developed by EUPOL mentor Oana Neagu. The project will be implemented under Afghan ownership and will target thousands of students from over one hundred schools in Kabul to learn about safety and cooperation. The youth will also learn about their responsibilities and they will be encouraged to join the police.
Helmand, September 2013. Fallckolm Cuenca, EUPOL Rule of Law Training Advisor, writes about his experience delivering the 25th EUPOL Justice and Criminal Procedure Training (JCP) at the Lashkar Gah Training Centre in Helmand.
The air is already vibrating under the Helmand heat at 07.00h. I am told that “this is ‘cool’, you should have been here a month ago- that was hell- not a gust of wind from anywhere”.
Escorted through a compound in the north east of Helmand, just a few kilometers from the town of Lashkar Gah, I am walking through a landscape reminiscent of the moon had it not been for the military installations.
Lashkar Gah, September 2013. Scottish bagpipers assigned to the Royal Highland Fusiliers lead a procession of VIPs during a ceremony for the handover of the Lashkar Gah Training Center (LTC) whilst the students of the Afghan National Police are sitting on the bare ground. Then, scissors are produced and the ribbon is cut three times - once by U.S. Maj. Gen Miller, once by the Provincial Governor Baluch and a third time by the Provincial Police Chief Gen. Angar.
Kabul, 12. September 2013. “On behalf of the European Police Mission in Afghanistan, I congratulate Afghanistan’s national football team on its victory in the South Asian Football Federation championship yesterday. During the Taliban, many sports were forbidden in Afghanistan but this ban didn't prevent the sportsfans to resume their play on dusty playing fields. Since 2006, a Kabul Premier League has been organised with 12 professional teams from the Kabul. Since last year, the country has also an national league with eight teams from different provinces in Afghanistan who are competing against each other. The matches are played in the Ghazi Stadium, named after King Amanullah who built it in 1923 and who first encouraged football in the country.
Kabul, 7 September 2013. The Kabul City Police will soon be present in the World Wide Web: the 7th September marked the beginning of the construction of its dedicated website. The site is a collaboration between Kabul City Police and EUPOL: it will feature police information, news and will be similar to what you would find on police websites across the world. Works starts immediately and it is anticipated that the website will be online by December 2013.
Kabul, September 2013. There is a severe shortage of female security forces for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections in April 2014. According to estimates of the Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) 12,000 women are needed to carry out body searches to secure the polling stations – right now the Afghan National Police has just 2,000 female police in their force. Col. Hekmat Shahi Rasouli, Head of Gender and Human Rights Department, and Major General Ghulam Mustafa Muhsini, General Deputy for Planning and Operations, at the Ministry of Interior talk about plans to address this major challenge:
Kabul, September 2013. As part of the preparation process for the new Crime Management College in Kabul, EUPOL Afghanistan has purchased six lifesaving medical training mannequins (3 male, 1 pregnant female, 1 infant and 2 children) to be used during the Advanced Crime Scene Examiners program.
This project, worth 11,000 Euro, was initiated by the EUPOL Training Component and will see that the current training offered for crime scene management will now incorporate an emergency first aid component within. Training the Afghan National Police to focus on the protection and preservation of life while being aware of crime scene hazards and the preservation of evidence will be part of the courses focus.