Police-Prosecutor Cooperation Manual
Theory Lessons and a Samuniar Nasraddin and Saranwal Amanullah Case Study
8 July 2012
Kabul. This 400-page training manual for Afghan police officers and prosecutors is based on over two years of remarkable cooperation efforts of a large group of Afghan and international experts, who succeeded in channeling a plethora of expertise, skills, and knowledge into a coherent and mutually agreed workbook. It incorporates much international best practice placed within the Afghan context, firmly rooted in Afghan law.
The Manual is designed around a set of skills, which a Manual Development Group identified as vital for both police and prosecutors in their work, ranging from substantive knowledge to awareness of technical matters to soft skills. These skills are constantly reinforced throughout the Manual, through interactive theory lessons and a case study. The Manual introduces modern teaching methods, which have resonated well with members of the Development Group and pilot participants. It has purposely been designed as a resource for a diverse country, offering both basic and advanced exercises, and offers trainers various methods of use. It also introduces a glossary of agreed terms, many of which define best practice concepts for the first time – thereby seeking to create a common language for police and justice actors, as well as for Afghans and internationals.
As first comprehensive joint training resource for Police and Prosecutors, the Manual underwent an extensive approval and ratification process. At the end of a 23-month, inclusive development process, all involved Afghan institutions conducted internal ratification processes culminating in a ratification ceremony on 7 February 2012. On 14 May 2012, an official launch ceremony took place in Finland hosted by the Finnish Secretary of State, followed by a launch event in Kabul on 8 July 2012.
What They Say About the Manual
Without doubt, the Police-Prosecutor Cooperation Manual is a credible and modern training resource, which will be widely used in Afghanistan for years to come.
- Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, Minister of Interior
It is hard to overstate how far we have come in our work. We started with an empty piece of paper and some ideas, and today have a full-fledged Manual that will be very useful to police officers and prosecutors, as well as other justice actors such as defence lawyers and judges.
Mohammad Wakil Amini, Deputy Attorney General
The Manual … is a very useful training resource … and is a productive step for ensuring justice and rule of law in the country. The Supreme Court wants to assure you that we agree that the Manual be included in the syllabus of training programmes.
Supreme Court Judge Abdul Malik Kamawi, Head of Administration of the Judicial Branch
I had never seen a training tool such as this one. It was colourful, it had pictures, it was interactive. I must admit that it did not look very academic to me. But after reviewing it page by page I can see the great value it adds to the learning process and the academic rigour that has gone into its preparation. We will be seeking ways to incorporate it into the syllabus of the year-long prosecutor stage course.
Zarif Stanikzai, Head of Training, Independent National Legal Training Centre; Deputy of Afghan Independent Bar Association
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Editors and Facilitators
Editor-in-Chief: Cornelia Schneider, EUPOL Afghanistan
Afghan Law Adviser and Editor of the Dari Edition: Rohullah Esmati, EUPOL Afghanistan
Police Advisor: Detective Superintendent Kenneth Taylor, EUPOL Afghanistan
Project Manager: Marta Abrantes Mendes, EUPOL Afghanistan
Developed by: EUPOL Afghanistan and Crisis Management Centre Finland, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Afghan institutions involved in development: Attorney General’s Office, Ministry of Interior, Police Academy, Independent National Legal Training Centre, Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court of Afghanistan, Afghan Independent Bar Association
Artist: Ismael Nekrai
Layout: Habibullah Printing, Kabul
EUPOL and CMC Finland would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support: the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Justice Sector Support Program, the Counter-Narcotics Training Academy, German International Cooperation (GIZ), GlobalRights, German Police Project Team, Independent Police Coordination Board, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, UNODC; as well as Humayoon Agah, Amanullah Atal and his team, Kirsi Henriksson, Ari Kerkkänen, Harri Lammi, Jari Lehvonen, Annika Launiala, Marta Mendes, Jari-Pekka Paajala, Eeva Stephens and Jari Vaarnamo.
Particular thanks are due to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for financing, and to GIZ-PIU for implementing, the EUPOL Coordination of Police and Prosecutors Project (EUPOL CoPP-Training), which contributed to the development of the Manual. CoPP would not have been possible without Kristin Höltge and her team and the numerous EUPOL mentors across Afghanistan. We are especially grateful to the numerous police officers, prosecutors, judges and defence lawyers across the country who provided feedback on a draft version of this Manual and gave us valuable insights into their work.
© EUPOL Afghanistan 2012
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