On November 14, the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) held a ceremony to mark the end of its mission. Dignitaries such as EUPOL’s Afghan, EU and international partners gathered at the EUPOL headquarters to take stock of the progress achieved to date. The EU representatives affirmed their continued support for civilian policing in Afghanistan.
“It makes me proud when the Afghan Minister of Interior refers to very specific change that has taken place. This change took place in true partnership between EUPOL and Afghans. We have fought this fight together. The progress in criminal policing, training institutions, leadership, good governance and female policing is a space we should jointly be proud of,” stated Kenneth Deane, the EU Civilian Operations Commander. He concluded that “the basic principle of policing is very simple – it applies to all nations in the world and Afghanistan is no exception to this: Policing is about protecting and serving everyone irrespective of creed, culture, politics or religion.”