EUPOL Afghanistan helps Afghan police to train their leadership

The Euro­pean Union Police mis­sion in Afghanistan (EUPOL) and the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty are involved in the reform and train­ing of the Afghan nation­al police, and coop­er­ate close­ly towards the tran­si­tion of secu­ri­ty respon­si­bil­i­ties from inter­na­tion­al forces to the Afghans. EUPOL is now inten­si­fy­ing its work in this area by tak­ing the lead on a project to train the lead­er­ship of the Afghan police in the Kab­ul staff Col­lege.

The new staff Col­lege will pro­vide con­tin­u­ous and advanced train­ing for Afghan police com­man­ders. The final­i­sa­tion of the build­ing, which is fund­ed through the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Instru­ment for sta­bil­i­ty is fore­seen for late 2011. Lead­er­ship cours­es have already start­ed in a pro­vi­sion­al loca­tion. Fur­ther­more EUPOL will advise the Afghans in the set­ting-up of the Col­lege and will help devel­op cur­ric­u­la. EUPOL is also engaged in the estab­lish­ment of a region­al train­ing cen­tre in Bamyan, which will have a sig­nif­i­cant com­po­nent for female Afghan police offi­cers.

EUPOL will co-oper­ate close­ly with oth­er actors, such as the NATO train­ing mis­sion — Afghanistan and the Ger­man police project team. While NATO has resources to pro­vide basic police train­ing on a large scale, EUPOL’s focus is to train and advise the lead­er­ship of the police.

A new call for con­tri­bu­tion was launched on 26 Octo­ber. Out of 134 posi­tions pub­lished, 24 new­ly cre­at­ed posi­tions are open for expe­ri­enced and well-qual­i­fied police train­ing experts to sup­port the staff Col­lege and the Bamyan region­al train­ing cen­tre.

“The EU, NATO and oth­er inter­na­tion­al part­ners are seiz­ing the moment and mak­ing best use of their respec­tive skills in order to estab­lish a more pro­fes­sion­al Afghan police.

EUPOL is bring­ing its spe­cif­ic senior polic­ing exper­tise to the table and is con­tribut­ing to the tran­si­tion strat­e­gy of the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty. I call upon all con­tribut­ing states to send high-cal­i­bre police experts to make EUPOL’s activ­i­ties, includ­ing the staff Col­lege in Kab­ul and the Bamyan train­ing cen­tre, a suc­cess” stat­ed the Civil­ian Oper­a­tion Com­man­der, Ambas­sador Kees Klom­pen­houw­er today in Brus­sels.

Fur­ther back­ground on EUPOL Afghanistan’s activ­i­ties can be found under:

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