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


Cover -  (English PDF 1,7 MB)

Introduction – Forewords, Table of Contents, Glossary, Legal References  - (English PDF, Dari PDF 6 MB)

Chapter 1. Introduction to the Training -  (English PDFDari PDF 2,7 MB)

Chapter 2. Overview Police-Prosecutor Coordination - (English PDFDari PDF 3,3 MB)

Chapter 3. Receiving Information and Acting Upon It - (English PDFDari PDF 2,9 MB)

Chapter 4. Arrival at the Crime Scene and Initial Actions -  (English PDFDari PDF 6,2 MB)

Chapter 5. Post-Control at the Crime Scene (Witness Interviews) -  (English PDFDari PDF 5,6 MB)

Chapter 6. Post-Control at the Crime Scene (Forensics) -  (English PDF- Part One - Part Two, Dari PDF 11 MB)

Chapter 7. Directing the Enquiry -  (English PDFDari PDF 5 MB)

Chapter 8. Custody Issues and Completion of Detection - (English PDFDari PDF 5,7 MB)

Chapter 9. Prosecutor-led Investigation (Tahqeeq) -  (English PDFDari PDF 6 MB)

Chapter 10. Prosecution and Trial -  (English PDF - Part One - Part Two, Dari PDF 9 MB)  

Hard copies of the Manual in Dari and English are available on request from EUPOL Afghanistan. 

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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

High-Level Authorisation Group (14 May 2012)

Ratification Group ( 7 February 2012)

General Mirza Mohammad YARMAND, Deputy Minister of Interior

General Mirza Mohammad YARMAND, Deputy Minister MoI

Abdul Wakil AMINI, Deputy Attorney General

Abdul Wakil AMINI, Deputy Attorney General AGO

General Abdul Fatah AZIZI, Deputy Attorney General

Said Yusuf HALIM, Deputy Minister of Justice

Sayed Mohammad HASHIMI, Deputy Minister of Justice

General Ghulam Mujtaba PATANG, Head of Training MoI

Rohullah QARIZADA, President, Afghan Independent Bar Association

Rohullah QARIZADA, President, Afghan Independent Bar Association

Dr. Wadir SAFI, Head of National Legal Training Centre

Dr. Wadir SAFI, Head of National Legal Training Centre

Mashoq Ahmad SEELLAB, Deputy of MoI Training Command

Judge Mohammad Osman ZHOBEL, Head of Research and Study Department, Supreme Court

Mohammad QAIS, Executive Aide for Deputy Minister of Administration, MoI


Mohammad Sangar AHMADZAY, Head of IT Department, AGO


Abdul Qudos SARWARI, Desk Officer, Northern Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Manual Working Group (21 November to 1 December 2011)

Manual Development and Advisory Group (February 2010 to July 2011)

Zamin Ali BIHSUDI (Member of the Higher Judicial Council, Supreme Court)

Abdul Wakil AMINI (Deputy Attorney General, AGO)

Maria BASHIR (Head of Appeal Prosecution, Herat Province, AGO)

Mohammad Wakeel AKBARI (Former Inspector General, MoI)

Zarif STANIKZAI (Deputy President of Afghan Independent Bar Association; Head of Training of the Independent National Legal Training Centre)

Gul Nabi AHMADZAI (Former Head of Training, MoI)

Abdul Qader ROSHANGAR (Legal Adviser to the Minister, MoI)

Rohullah QARIZADA (President, Afghan Independent Bar Association)

Sayed Jalal JALAL (Head of the AG’s Secretariat, AGO)

Abdul Bari ARIZ (Adviser to the Minister of Justice)

Qadratullah ARABZAI (Team Leader Anti-Crime Department, MoI)

Qadratullah ARABZAI (Team Leader Anti-Crime Department, MoI)

Shafiullah DAUDI ( Head of Primary Anti-Corruption Prosecution, AGO)

Shafiullah DAUDI (Head of Primary Anti-Corruption Prosecution, AGO)

Fazil Rahman AJUBI (Lecturer at Police Academy, MoI)

Maroof QATEH (Public Security Prosecutor, Samangan Province, AGO)

Mirwais TAHIRY (Head of CID Training, Kabul, MoI)

Mirwais TAHIRY (Head of CID Training, Kabul, MoI)

Sayed Omar SABOOR ( Deputy Gender and Human Rights Department, MoI)

Ghulam Omer OMERI (former Deputy Anti-Corruption Department, MoI)

Najila JALALI (Monitoring Prosecutor, AGO)

Din Mohammad QURAYSHI (former Head of Prosecution Western Zone, Kabul, AGO)

Maliha IBRAHIMI ( Lawyer and Member of High Council, AIBA)

Ikramullah ABDULRAHIMZAI (Professional Member of the Inspector General Department, MoI)


Enyatullah ABDULRASHID (Prosecutor, Anti-Corruption AGO)


Fauzia JAMILI (Administrative Officer, MoI)


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.

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