2nd INTERPOL Working Group Meeting: Illegal migration is a challenge

Kabul, February 2016. EUPOL provides comprehensive support for INTERPOL Afghanistan, aiming to improve professional performance of INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) Kabul in terms of an enhanced cooperation with Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Afghan Border Police (ABP). The second working group meeting to advance this goal took place between the INTERPOL, U.S. Embassy’s FBI Officers, German Police Project Team (GPPT) and EUPOL at the end of February. The specific aim of this meeting was to discuss cooperation between the NCB, AGO and ABP to stop illegal migration at the airports. In addition to that, the challenges within NCB were also discussed.

NCB was represented by the Deputy Head Colonel Abdul Wali Rauofi who spoke about their work and listed a number of challenges. “Two new border crossing points have been established: one between Badakhshan province and Tajikistan and the other between Farah province and Iran. Both of them need to be connected to the internet and database system. Additionally, the INTERPOL and Border Police officials working in airports and border crossing points need further training on how to deal with organised crime, human and drug trafficking.” On the other hand, one of the challenges mentioned in the Working Group meeting was lack of operational budget for INTERPOL Office in Kabul.

There are 14 legal border crossing points and four airports manned by INTERPOL staff (ECOPOL Department). It has been discussed how the border control database (Personal Identification Secure Comparison and Evaluation System, PISCES) and biometrics could be linked to the INTERPOL databases and made accessible to the officials at all the airports when checking the incoming and outgoing passengers. If these databases are linked with each other, it would help to control illegal migration as well. GPPT Officer Michael Bayer raised the concerns of migration crisis in Europe and stated: “Maybe nearly 95% of the people who are leaving Afghanistan, do it due to security and economic problems but 5% might go for other reasons. It could be considered as an achievement if even that 5% are controlled properly.”

EUPOL will facilitate more inter-agency working group meetings for further capacity building of the NCB Kabul. GPPT, in close cooperation with EUPOL, organised professional English language training for NCB Officers to improve their capability to communicate with international passengers and manage the databases. To discuss further cooperation, the next working group meeting has been planned to take place already in early March.

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2nd INTERPOL Working Group Meeting: Illegal migration is a challenge

INTERPOL experts visit EUPOL

At the end of August, three INTERPOL International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO) experts from Lyon along with 25 officers working for the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Kabul visited EUPOL HQ. During, the visit a seminar was conducted by Lyon experts for Afghan INTERPOL officers on INTERPOL activities, procedures and exchange of information.

As part of EUPOL activities and the project which focuses on comprehensive support to the development of professional INTERPOL office in Afghanistan (NCB in Kabul), EUPOL officers assist Afghan officers to exchange information and work together with ICPO. Afghan INTERPOL experts will be shown how to conduct checking and scanning at the Afghan airports in a professional manner.  

During the three-day visit, EUPOL advisors and experts from Lyon met with the Afghan Minister of Interior Mr. Noorolhaq Olomi, Deputy Minister for Security Mohammad Ayoub Salangi and Head of INTERPOL Kabul Mr. Afendi. Experts from Lyon have also done an assessment on how Afghan INTERPOL officers will have to perform and develop further activities with the support of EUPOL experts in the future.  

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EUPOL Advisors Meet INTERPOL Officers

Kabul, July 2015. In order to make a firsthand assessment of the possibilities of strengthening the cooperation between Border Police and Interpol Office in Kabul, EUPOL Advisors visited the Interpol Office at Kabul/Hamid Karzai International Airport. The meeting aimed also at maximising the mutual efforts of Interpol and Border Police in performing a thorough passenger checks on both arrivals and departures.

EUPOL Advisors were welcomed by the Head of Interpol, Brigadier General Said Afendi and Head of Border Police at Kabul/Hamid Karzai International Airport, Brigadier General Haqnawaz Haqyar. The challenges for a more effective border control were outlined within the immigration office and possible solutions discussed.

Visit to the various Border Police booths for passport checks, their equipment and locations relative to the Interpol Office provided valuable information for EUPOL Advisors. As part of EUPOL Project 10 for 2015, a comprehensive support will be provided to the development of professional Interpol Office in Afghanistan. The project also aims to provide Border Police with extra passport scanners which will provide the Interpol Office with direct access to passengers’ information.

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Development of Interpol office discussed in advisory meeting

Kabul, February 2015. EUPOL senior advisors of Professionalisation and Training Component met their senior Afghan counterparts from the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) to discuss future cooperation. Development of Interpol Office in Afghanistan as well as the efficient use of National Information and Management System (NIMS) stirred up vivid conversations.

The participants thought over the ways in which EUPOL can comprehensively provide support to the development of professional Interpol Office in Afghanistan. It was also emphasised that Interpol National Central Bureau in Kabul should have access to NIMS, which would improve the performance of tasks. The NIMS system, already utilised under Afghan ownership, gather and store all reports of criminal activity, arrests, investigations convictions from police stations and jails across the country.

During the meeting, EUPOL expressed its commitment to support the Afghan police in Community Policing, intelligence-led policing and crime investigation capacity building. The Afghan counterparts also raised a number of issues and concerns about specialised training on NIMS and CID as well as the recruitment of suitable and professional personnel within their units.

Kabul City Police Chief Lieutenant General Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Head of International Police at the MoI Major General Sayed Afendi, Head of Police-e Mardum-e (Community Policing) Directorate within the MoI Brigadier General Mohammad Homayoon Aini, the Deputy of Intelligence Directorate Colonel Amrullah and Major Mohammad Suliman Director of Interpol attended the meeting.

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