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Tomorrow, 1st May, the European Union starts to deploy a team of international police experts to support the Government of Afghanistan's reform efforts in the Ministry of Interior and the National Security Council. This will build on the work undertaken previously by the European Union Police Mission (EUPOL), but on a more strategic level.
The EU "Support to Police Reform in Afghanistan" initiative aims to achieve the strategic re-orientation and to contribute towards the policy reform process of the Afghan National Police (ANP), moving it towards civilian policing. This should improve institutional accountability and increase the professionalism of the ANP. Strengthening relations between police and communities and reinforcing the role of women within the police are also important objectives.
"The launch of the new police project by the European Union reflects the EU’s strong commitment to support the Government and people of Afghanistan in creating a professional civilian police force. This initiative is consistent with the new EU Strategy for Afghanistan adopted in October 2017 which focuses on promoting peace, stability, rule of law and human rights in Afghanistan." said the EU Head of Delegation in Afghanistan, Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon.
The 18-month project will be implemented by GiZ under the guidance of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan. Once deployed, the strategic advisers will consist of up to 10 international and 5 national advisors.