“It is vital to distinguish between fake and original identity papers”

Kabul. “It is a good theme: we need more cooperation”, General Bashir  says  referring to the EUPOL training courses on Police-prosecution cooperation, while monitoring his phone and signing some papers. After 14 years working for the NDS and being unemployed under the rile of the Taliban,  General Bashir now is the Chief of the Crime Training Centre (CTC) in Kabul.

The CTC is in fact a large compound with numerous barracks in the centre of Kabul. The place is packed  with Afghan National Policemen working on their career, now doing their finals.  Almost a hundred students sit outside in long rows, chewing on their pens trying to find the right answers.  So the CTC has an atmosphere of utmost concentration on this dreary rainy day.

General Bashir not only is very pleased with the EUPOL approach to bring Police and Prosecutors together in one course,  also he speaks highly of all the other EUPOL Crime Investigation Department (CID)-courses. His Deputy adds that although more is needed, it is great that EUPOl contributes so much material for the courses so the students can practice the new crime investigative techniques.  “We are grateful for all that has been done and all the material we get, but the most important aspect of Crime Investigations is to be able to use the techniques in real life situations”, the General answers somewhat impatiently. 

He emphasizes that the Afghan National Police (ANP) must be able to check identity documents, fingerprints and photographs as a routine matter. That is the way to safety for all the people in the world, not only in Afghanistan.  “Police must be able to distinguish between faked and original identity papers, especially now that the electronic identity documents for all inhabitants of Afghanistan are being developed, it is vital to have that capability”, the General emphasizes. 

The electronic identity cards are part of a larger plan to have safe and transparent elections and are particularly important in combating the violence of insurgents and organized crime in Afghanistan.  Now there are a few laboratories in Kabul and the plan is to have more laboratories developed in the future.  It will hopefully mean that the students that pass their exams today will have access to labs and other means to use their new found CID-knowledge and capabilities in their daily work.