Kabul, September 2013. Police Project Phoenix – this is the name of a 16-month standardised transition plan by EUPOL’s Kabul Field Office to support the principles of Community Policing in all 16 Police Districts (PDs) in Kabul. The plan will involve EUPOL mentors advising Afghan Police in the PDs for a four-month period and introduce the ‘POWER’ principles of Professionalism, Operations, Workforce Development, Engagement with the community and Reporting. EUPOL will be completing the advisory work in four Police Districts this year, the remaining 12 PDs will follow in 2014.
Kabul. Sharing experiences, supporting each other: the monthly network meeting of policewomen is a success story. More and more women are attending, realising the importance of the network. “The high number of female participants proves that the reunions are a strong tool to give women a voice and collect updated information about the realities in the field”, says Valeria Elefterie, EUPOL Gender and Human Rights Mentor/Adviser - Kabul Field Office.
Kabul. It was almost four years ago, in early 2009, when the seeds for the cooperation between police and prosecutor were planted. The Afghan Ministry of Interior and the Attorney General’s Office asked the Crisis Management Center Finland (CMC) to finance an “Advanced Police and Prosecutor Training Programme”. The project turned out to be a true success story with a long-lasting training resource produced: the “Police-Prosecutor Cooperation Manual”. Now, the participants of the first working group met in Kabul again on 25 August for an evaluation workshop.
Kabul. The latest edition of our newsletter (August) is out! In it you find as the cover story: The President of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association says 27.000 advocates are needed – currently there are just 1.700 in the country. Amongst many other stories one of the highlights in August was the hand-over of the Police Training Center in Kunduz to Afghan control and responsibility: a young and very committed Afghan captain is now in charge. The Police-e Mardume Units (Community Policing) have received more equipment (mobile police stations, office buildings) which enables them to become more effective and operational day by day. Find many more stoires about EUPOL activies.
Kunduz, 21 August 2013. Zabardast Safi’s police hat is soaked with sweat in the fully packed gymnasium as he receives the order officially from Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Yarmand to take over the Police Training Center in Kunduz from the German Police. “He looks young, yet he is very capable”, says Yarmand during the hand-over ceremony. The 32 year old captain is young indeed but ready and committed for the huge task ahead: he is now responsible for the center which has the capacity to train 528 students at a time. With the handover the German police, the Dutch integrated Police Mission and EUPOL Afghanistan’s field office an era ended after many years although training activities already stopped on 1 July in Kunduz.
Mazar-e Sharif, 21. August 2013. The new office container building of the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) Unit stands out like a shiny yellow tower inside the former Police Headquarters in Mazar-e Sharif. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Pieter Deelmann, EUPOL Acting Head of Mission, officially handed over the container offices which were inspected proudly by the Police-e Mardume Unit.
Kabul. “In order to build trust between the schools and the police, we send policemen and policewomen to boys’ and girls’ schools in Police District 9 (PD 9) to make sure they are not concerned about security”, says Colonel Najibullah Samsour, Chief of PD 9.
To discuss this important matter, the Chief of Police District 9, the Chief of City District, the Head of Education at District 9 and 18 principles of the schools in District 9 of Kabul had a kick off meeting on the upcoming school outreach project as part of the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) concept.
Herat. Mosques are peaceful and sacred places for praying but also to pass on instructions for peace and security to the public. The cooperation of mullahs, Chiefs of religious Shuras and scholars are needed to improve the security in the province of Herat. Their advice is being taken seriously by the public and if they pray against violence and terrorist attacks, they will be heard by the public. This is what the Police-e Mardume (Community Policing) Unit in Herat realised: they gathered all religious leaders to work together to improve the current situation. In Herat, the most common crimes are kidnappings and also throughout the country suicide bombings and terrorist attacks are frequent.
Kabul. A brand new classroom, 10 state-of-the art laptops, a EUPOL hired trainer ready: the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has entered on 18 August a new phase with the kick-off of its first computerized system for their Tashkeel (Police organizational Staffing Plan). The MoI Tashkeel is the structure of the Afghan National Police as the main backbone of the ministry to deal with personnel recruitment, background information and job description. The computerised system will now enable the FMD (Force Management Department) and Tashkeel Department to keep standardised records of the personnel within the MoI.
Kabul, 15. August. Dancing, listening to Afghan traditional music, sharing Afghan kebab and dumplings (mantu) and building relationships: over 400 guests, including senior leaders from the Afghan National Police, the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan Attorney General’s Office gathered at EUPOL HQ for a Eid ul-Fitr party marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. EUPOL has taken the first opportunity after the official Eid festivities to host the party.