Testimonial of EUPOL members: “Knowledge is like a lake”

Kabul. Around 340 international staff members are working with EUPOL Afghanistan to bring in their expertise in order to develop the Afghan National Police and the judicial system. From time to time, here we will now publish personal accounts of their work and experience and why they make a difference. the first one is trainer Avrina Montgomery from the United Kingdom: “This is my second time working in Afghanistan helping with the training of Afghan National Police. Over the last months I have had the privilege to be working with the Afghan training teams, from the Police Staff College and Crime Management College, developing their skills by running Train the Trainer Workshops. I am here as part of the training team responsible for delivering training to the Afghan leaders of the future and mentoring their training team at the Police Staff College.

This is in preparation for transitioning the delivery of training to the Afghan trainers ensuring a sustainable capability for the future.  The staff has been wonderful to work with and because I have worked with them in small groups I have had the opportunity to really get to know them, this has helped me to learn new things about Afghanistan, its culture and people. They have been a real pleasure to teach and work alongside, their willingness to learn new methods and to seek improvement in themselves has been rewarding and humbling.  I have been told more than once that “knowledge is like drinking from a lake, it doesn’t matter how much you drink there is still plenty left.”  My background in the UK police is that I have 27 years service and have spent a number of years in training and most recently was the Head of the Training Centre for the Ministry of Defence Police. I am married and have a young daughter; thankfully my family are very adaptable and support me working here. 

I am thanked on a daily basis for the sacrifices I am making to be here and for teaching new skills and giving new knowledge. Certainly gives me plenty to think about and reflect upon. I can’t remember the last time I truly felt valued for just doing my job, a job I love and derive great satisfaction from. If anybody asks me why am I here,  I simply have to think about the students in my class, the daily struggles they face in their life,  their dedication and motivation to being  police officers in the ANP, the sacrifices they are making and their commitment to learning.  In a very small way I am helping to make a difference that will hopefully one day provide a secure future.”