Responsibility for police training shifts to Afghans
The training of police officers in Kunduz province, Aghanistan, has entered a new phase, with the Dutch mission now focusing more on helping the Afghan government prepare to take over the training itself. The government describes this shift in a progress report on the Kunduz mission, sent to the House of Representatives today. With the international mission ending in 2014, more responsibility for internal safety and security is being handed over to the Afghan authorities, and the Dutch mission’s new role is in line with this trend.
Police instructors of the Royal Military and Border Police are no longer teaching classes themselves, but instructing and supervising their Afghan counterparts. Other Afghan staff at the Kunduz police training centre are also receiving training and guidance. An Afghan mentoring team is being trained to give on-the-job support and practical training to police in the rest of the province.
Dutch police officials in the EU police mission (EUPOL) have developed a new form of instruction in which the whole range of police and judicial tasks is practised using concrete scenarios. This form of training has been well received by the Afghans and will also be applied elsewhere in Afghanistan by EUPOL.
With Dutch support, good progress has been made in developing the justice system. Kunduz now counts 65 lawyers, including 7 women. Cooperation between the police and public prosecutors has also improved.
The Netherlands has been training the police force in Kunduz and helping to improve the justice system there since the spring of 2011. Kunduz is one of 23 provinces (there are 34 in Afghanistan) where safety and security are now the full responsibility of the Afghan authorities.