Police-Prosecutor Cooperation Manual
The EUPOL Police-Prosecutor Cooperation Manual is a comprehensive toolkit for improving the delivery of justice through professionally performed investigations and ensuring continuous recourse to the formal Afghan justice system. It is currently used in the CoPP Training courses targeting approximately 1000 regional police officers and prosecutor. The manual is also used in several EUPOL training initiatives by EUPOL as well as other international organizations, as well as by the Afghan institutions which developed the Manual.
The 400-page training manual is based on over two years of cooperation between Afghan and international experts. The Manual was developed as a joint initiative of EUPOL and CMC Finland together with a working group of Afghan high-profile representatives from the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), and the Supreme Court.
Designed around a set of skills, identified as vital for both police and prosecutors, the manual channels a plethora of expertise and knowledge into a coherent and mutually agreed workbook for enhancing substantive knowledge and awareness of technical matters. It incorporates international best practice placed within the Afghan context firmly rooted in Afghan law.
Introducing a glossary of agreed terms establishing a common language for police and justice actors, the Manual has purposely been designed as a resource for a diverse country, offering both basic and advanced exercises.
As the first comprehensive joint training resource for Police and Prosecutors, the Manual has undergone extensive approval and ratification.
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 colorful, 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 rigor 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
Get the Manual
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Hard copies of the Manual in Dari and English are available on request from EUPOL Afghanistan.
If you or your organization would like to receive “Train the Trainers” support or tailored instructions on how to use the Manual for your individual training purposes, please get in touch with EUPOL's Rule of Law.
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
All rights reserved. The contents of this Manual may be freely used and copied for educational and other non-commercial purposes, provided that any such reproduction is accompanied by an acknowledgement of EUPOL as the source.