600 sets of body armor and ballistic helmets for Kabul City Police

Kabul, May 2014. In July 2013, EUPOL Afghanistan and the German organization "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit" (GIZ) signed a cooperation agreement formalizing its partnership in supporting the development of the Afghan National Police. Evidence of that cooperation was again demonstrated at Kabul City Police Headquarters last week when members of the Kabul Field Office and GIZ donated 600 sets of body armor and ballistic helmets to the Commander of Kabul Police, General Zahra, for use by front line police personnel.

Finalizing Project Phoenix in Police District 12 by delivering "Source Handling Course"

Kabul, May 2014. EUPOL Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) experts delivered in Mid May “The Source Handling Course” to the staff of Police District 12 from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and INTEL Units. With this course EUPOL Project Phoenix has now been finalised in this police district in Kabul.

EUPOL Afghanistan team at EU Open Doors in Brussels

Brussels, 17 May 2014. Hundreds of interested visitors joined the stand of the team of EUPOL Afghanistan at the EU Open Doors in Brussels. Many used the opportunity to ask questions about mission life, the security and political situation in Afghanistan and how they can join the mission.

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Join us at the EU Open Doors in Brussels!

 Brussels, May 2014. EUPOL Afghanistan will be represented on Saturday, 17 May 2014, at the EU Open Doors in Brussels in the Justus Lipsius Building to celebrate the Europe Day. Come and meet the EUPOL Afghanistan team (consisting of Europeans and an Afghan) and learn more about Afghanistan and the work and activities of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan.

More about the programme at the EU Open Doors on Saturday: http://europa.eu/about-eu/basic-information/symbols/europe-day/index_en.htm#odd_brussels

We look forward to seeing you all at the Open Day!

EUPOL national staff delivers procurement training in the provinces

Parwan, May 2014.Understanding Procurement Law is a key element to reduce corruption within the ministries and other governmental organisations. That’s why EUPOL has started conducting Introduction to Procurement Law courses at provincial level.  These courses in provinces are delivered by EUPOL National Rule of Law officers and advisors.

New EUPOL Head of Field Office Mazar-e Sharif prefers quality over quantity

Mazar-e Sharif, May 2014. Achievements don’t come from forcing, pushing and rushing. They come slowly, step by step, when motivated people work resiliently toward jointly decided and reasonably measured goals. That’s the philosophy of Ms. Niina Haapanen, who will start in June as EUPOL’s Head of Field Office (FO) Mazar-e Sharif.

Inspector Niina Haapanen has been working as a police officer in Finland since 1997. She is experienced both as a uniformed police officer and as an investigator. Furthermore, before her deployment in Afghanistan she was working as an inspector and deputy head of license services of license services of a police district in Southern Finland.

Lieutenant Colonel Rana: “Zarmeena’s execution hurt me deep inside my heart”

Kabul, May 2014. There are images Lieutenant Colonel Rana Hameedzada can’t get out of her head. One of the most agonizing ones stems from 17 November 1999 when 35-year old Zarmeena was publicly executed on the penalty spot in Kabul’s Olympic Stadium.  

The execution by the Taliban was observed by 30.000 spectators, millions watched later the secret pictures of Zarmeena's death on a poorly-shot video by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). The images shocked the world.

Increased cooperation between Ministry of Interior and Attorney General’s Office

Kabul, May 2014. High level representatives from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Attorney General’s Office (AGO) attended a workshop at EUPOL HQ on 7 May. The main goal of this gathering was to establish and increase further cooperation between the two institutions and share information. Eight senior MOI officials participated, including the Ministry of Interior’s Inspector General, General Major General Hakim Nejrabi, and five AGO officials, including the Chief of Military Anti-Corruption Department at AGO, Major General Dastagir Ranjbar.

Workshop on effective Communication - POLASTRIS

Kabul, May 2014. Effective communication was the topic of the workshops of the Policy and Strategy Implementation Support Project (POLASTRIS) delivered in early May. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capabilities of the Ministry of Interior within the six involved Deputy Ministries to implement and execute police policies down to the provincial and district levels.

Deputy Minister of Interior Muhammad Ayoub Salangi: “The best day is the one when there are no casualties, nobody dies”

Kabul, May 2013. “Know your soldiers, look out for their safety and well-being”. This is one of the rules on the wall of Deputy Minister of Interior Mohammad Ayoub Salangi. And he is a man who lives as he preaches: he wants to reach his men and women at the provinces and help them to work more efficiently and stay safe at the same time.

If General Salangi could choose, he wouldn’t spend his whole working day in the office inside the walls of the Ministry of interior. Instead he would love to go to even the most remote places in his country and meet police officers, learn about their needs and help them in capacity building.