Kabul, August 2016. Fighting corruption and promoting gender representation took center stage at the third Educational Conference organised by the General Training Command of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) with the support of EUPOL.
Bringing together 80 participants at the Afghan National Police Academy, among them high-level commanders from the Department of Human Rights and Gender as well as teachers from training centers in Kabul and various provinces, the conference tackled challenges in implementing the MoI’s Gender and Anti-Corruption policies.
The face of corruption
Participants from the Afghan Police Staff College attended lectures examining corruption in the context of Islam as well as from legal and sociological perspectives, with members of NATO’S Resolute Support Mission and the German Police Project Team (GPPT) joining EUPOL in sharing their expertise.
In his opening speech, the Afghan MoI’s Deputy Minister for Administration Lieutenant General Ikramuddin Yawar decried corruption: “Corruption is not only about paying money but also extends to not doing police work in an honest way. Such practices taint the image of the police in the eyes of the community.”
He thanked EUPOL for its support in conducting the conference, which he described as invaluable in light of the lack of both educational materials and fully competent trainers.
“According to MoI policy, 90% of the Afghan National Police Academy trainers should have master’s degrees. However, most of our master’s degree graduates are either jobless or they have left the country,” he noted.
Skills versus statistics
Lieutenant General Yawar also stressed the importance of female policing. Notably, he suggested a shift in focus from merely increasing the number of female police officers to strengthening the skills of the existing female police force. He urged Afghanistan’s international partners to continue supporting civilian policing while calling for this type of conference to be extended to other provinces.
EUPOL will continue assisting the MoI’s General Training Command in improving the capabilities of its training centers countrywide until the end of 2016, according to Marian Florescu, the Chief of EUPOL’s Training Unit.