Kabul, February 2013.The Crime Management College will eventually get a new home. Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the European Union Delegation in Kabul and the Ministry of Interior to fund the establishment of the new College. It is expected to open its doors for students by September 2013.

Currently, the temporary Crime Management College (see artistic impression above) is housed within the Central Training Centre in Kabul. Since it was formally opened by General Patang (then Head of Afghan General Training Command) in February 2012 over 1400 students have attended training courses run by EUPOLs Training Component. This latest commitment of over one million Euro will see the renovation of two buildings within the Afghan National Police Academy, which will have seven classrooms, an interview training suite, and a tactics training area. This will provide a modern, well equipped facility, able to deliver specific investigative training well into the future.

A comprehensive curriculum is currently being trained at the Crime Management College, jointly by EUPOL trainers and Afghan trainers, and a transition plan is being put in place to migrate the operational running of the college firmly into Afghan hosts hands by the end of the year. Ralph Logan, EUPOLs Training Component Deputy Head, says: “This provides an enduring legacy from the EU and EUPOL to the Afghan National Police Training Command. Our work in partnership with our Afghan friends has proved a great success in helping to professionalise investigative work by the police.” Although EUPOLs Training Component will see a reduction in the amount of training delivery its international staff deliver, there will be a remaining footprint of EUPOL staff, so long as the Afghan Training Command value the added value they bring.

Ralph continues: “2013 is an important year for our training plans. We are working in close cooperation with our local colleagues in shaping the future of both the Police Staff College, and the Crime Management College.”  He says:  “Our vision is one of continued support, providing some specialist training advice when needed, but also focussing more upon mentoring and managerial support as we move into 2014. We have made excellent progress in developing the capacity and cabability of ANP trainers to take over from our own trainers.”