Police work boosted by anti-crime policies

Kabul, November 2016. The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Afghan police has been strengthened by the adoption of the MoI anti-crime policies. 22 CID zone commanders met to discuss the integration of the policies in their day-to-day work during a workshop organised by EUPOL.

Fighting organised crime is one of the many challenges for the Afghan police. EUPOL has supported the Afghan MoI in strengthening its anti-crime capabilities since 2014. Following an assessment of the MoI’s anti-crime work, three key policy areas were identified for improvement: reporting and recording, detection and investigation and the use of intelligence in conducting police work.

Policies on investigation and intelligence-led policing were approved in March 2016 and activities for their incorporation in daily police work are continuously being developed.

Speaking during the workshop, the EUPOL Head of Mission Ms. Pia Stjernvall stressed the importance of criminal investigations to police work: “Criminal investigative work and community policing are very much linked to each other – effective community policing requires proper investigations.”

She said that the Criminal Investigative Department’s ability to take the policies forward is very important to anti-crime efforts and will contribute to peace in Afghanistan down the road.

The head of the Afghan Anti-Crime Police Detection Unit Colonel Mir Arab Shah Chamtu noted that the approval of the policies and EUPOL support for the ANP’s anti-crime work had coincided with an increase in the number of cases solved by the CID. “EUPOL has supported the CID in providing better services to the community,” he said.

The adoption of the MoI’s anti-crime policies is part of EUPOL’s legacy, according to EUPOL Investigation and Intel Team Leader Vasile Postolache. “This is a big step in paving the way for the ANP’s progress towards an efficient civilian police service. We have done our best to support the Afghan police in carrying out routine police work in an unusual environment,” he said.

The workshop marked the finalisation of the joint EUPOL/MoI anti-crime project work leading up to the closure of EUPOL Afghanistan in December 2016.