Joint community service of Kabul City Police and young scouts

Kabul, April 2014. Police officers and young scouts cleaning the surroundings of a police headquarters and residential areas is something you don’t see every day. But thanks to the EUPOL Kabul Field Office project Phoenix and mentoring activities of the Police e Mardume Department from Kabul City Police (KCP), that’s exactly what happened on the 17 April.

Good leaders get the best out of those they command

Kabul, April 2014. How to be in contact with people? This was one of the core questions discussed in two teams during the EUPOL’s Leadership and Management Course which trains the leaders to get the best performance from those they command.

Question about good interaction between people evokes a lot of discussion and different ideas. When it was time to present the results of the team work, one of the team leader summarized: “With good behavior, to attend in people’s parties and ceremonies, to be servant of people and to be in touch with the people all the time.”

POLASTRIS: Developing Policy and Strategy Implementation within the MoI

Kabul, April 2014. For the first time EUPOL, in close cooperation with Combined Security and Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), has started to develop Policy and Strategy Implementation Support training. The main aim of the project is to enhance capabilities of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) to implement and execute police policies at the provincial and district level.

Major General Silab: “Only well-trained ANP will be able to take over the security responsibility”

Kabul, April 2014. How can you build a democratic government and security forces from scratch? That is something that Afghans have a lot of experience for the last 13 years. One of the key figures in establishing professional police forces is Major General Mashoq Ahmad Silab, the Commander of Training and Education at Ministry of Interior (MoI). He still firmly believes in the power of education and knowledge.

Police is responsible for the implementation of the law and, according to MG Silab, the law can be implemented properly only with good knowledge and education.

Zulfia Zalmai: “We will not give up!”

Kabul, April 2014. Zulfia Zalmai is one of the few female lawyers in Afghanistan. She is threatened via phone calls and text messages, but the brave woman does not give in her fight for a larger female presence in courtrooms and against prejudices deeply rooted in the conservative Afghan society. She says: “Working as a female lawyer in a traditional society is not an easy job, because you face many difficulties.” Despite all of the intimidations she faces, she says: “We will not give up!”

“Much to gain from closer cooperation between Kabul Police and Independent Human Rights Commission”

Kabul, April 2014. As the most important, independent external oversight mechanism, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission/Office of the Police Ombudsman (AIHRC/OPO) is responsible for investigating Human Rights violations by the authorities and for monitoring everyday police work to identify possible gaps and best practices in their activities to raise the capabilities and acceptance of Afghan National Police. Recently, EUPOL facilitated a workshop for the Human Rights and Gender officers of Kabul Police Districts. The workshop was delivered by Farida Sahil from the AIHRC/OPO.

Congratulations to Jamila Bayaz!

Kabul, April 2014. EUPOL congratulates Jamila Bayaz, Chief of Police District 1 in Kabul, to be promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General. The Afghan Ministry of Interior promoted her for her "enthusiastic work, good results and decrease of criminality within PD 1 area," says her EUPOL mentor Valeria Elefterie. Jamila mentioned that she still wants to be the commander of a police district in order to gain substantial management experience and to be in service of the community.

MoI: “Afghan police is ready to ensure security in upcoming elections”

Kabul, April 2014. The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have been commended to protect the presidential and provincial council elections on 5 April, allowing citizens to cast their votes on this historic day for Afghanistan. Seddiq Seddiqi, the spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) spoke about how the Afghan National Police prepared for the last elections and their plans for a potential second run off of the presidential elections at the end of May.

Question: How do you assess the April 5, 2014 elections in Afghanistan?

Chief of Police District 9: “Without the support of people, the police would not be able to carry out their duties proficiently”

Kabul, April 2014. Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Salem Almas, at 28 years of age is unusually young to be the new commander of Police District 9 in Kabul. He and his staff were well-prepared, though, to secure the 23 polling centers in his district on the Election Day on 5 April. Almas says proudly: “In PD 9, the election process went very well - not even a single problem was reported.” In his opinion, the insurgents lacked the capability to carry out large-scale assaults.

EU High Representative Ashton: "Pay tribute to courage and bravery of Afghan people"

Brussels, 8 April 2014. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton stated on the first round of the presidential elections in Afghanistan:  "I pay tribute to the courage and bravery of the Afghan people in their determination to have their rightful say in who will be their president. They have sent a clear message that votes not violence should decide who governs Afghanistan.