Kabul, February 2016. “When I put on the police uniform and tighten its belt, it becomes my sole responsibility to serve my people with honesty”, says Major Bilal Ahmad Ebrat, a Commander of a Police Company in one of the police districts in Kabul. Being a police officer gives him a feeling of performing a holy, patriotic duty. “This is a very special duty we are performing. We should provide security in accordance with the laws and the police Code of Conduct and this is our honour.”
For the last nine years, Major Bilal has worked in different positions within the CID and intelligence units of police districts in Kabul. He divides the tasks into three categories: ‘Small tasks’ such as guarding and patrolling, ‘Big tasks’ such as searching and checkpoint control; and ‘Extraordinary tasks’ such as providing security for the president and during big gatherings. But whatever the size of the task, Major Bilal underlines the integrity of every policeman: “We have to make sure that we do everything with honesty, remain impartial and respect the culture, traditions and human rights of people. That is what we call community policing.”
Actually, Major Bilal does not even perceive the police as a detached group of the society: “As the national police of the country, it is our job to provide security for the entire nation without any discrimination. All the police should be part of the community policing concept as long as we are called ‘national police’ – which already embraces the overall concept.”
If you have adopted the community policing mind-set as Major Bilal has done, working as a police officer will be emotionally hard from time to time. “It is very painful to see people dying in suicide attacks. Security is the main challenge. We are trying our best to ensure better security. We should cooperate with each other to avoid bomb attacks and if every civilian acts as the eyes and ears of the police, we will be able to serve them better. And we will do it until the last drop of blood if needed”, states Major Bilal.