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.

The June edition of EUPOL Newsletter is out!

 Kabul, June 2014. Do you want to read more about EUPOL’s work in the provinces and how our Afghan friends and partners in Herat appreciate our contribution? And what are the thoughts of Niina Haapanen who is just about to start her post as the new Head of EUPOL Field Office in Mazar-e Sharif? In the brand new EUPOL newsletter you will find plenty of stories from the provinces but that’s not all. For example, read the article and see the pictures from an interesting train-the trainer workshop focusing on communication between police and children.

GPPT hands over new Police Training Centre to Afghan National Police

Kabul. The Head of the German Police Project Team (GPPT), Alfons Aigner, handed over on 29 May 2014 the new Police Training Centre at the Afghan National Police Academy (ANPA) to Afghan authorities. Alongside Afghan Deputy Minister of Interior for Administration Ekramuddin Yawar, the German Ambassador Martin Jaeger also Acting Head of EUPOL Afghanistan, Thomas Stabler, took part in the official ceremony, marked by the handover of a symbolic key.

How to manage first contact with abused children

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.

Estonians training video skills to Afghan Border Police

 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.