Working together for law, order and security

By 2014, the Afghan police force should be in a position to assume responsibility for law, order and security in Afghanistan. To take over this task, police officers – male and female – need good-quality training, equipment and infrastructure, and must also be able to read and write. Germany and the international community are helping to prepare them for the challenge ahead.

As part of Germany’s commitment to rebuilding the police force in Afghanistan, the Federal Foreign Office (AA) has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to set up a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in order to build training centres and administrative buildings and run training courses for the police. The programme is being implemented in conjunction with the German Police Project Team (GPPT) and the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan).

Strengthening public confidence in the police

A well-functioning Afghan police force which enjoys the public’s confidence and adheres to rule-of-law principles needs adequate training facilities, buildings and equipment. GIZ is therefore constructing and equipping police academies, training centres and police headquarters and providing training for police officers in the various districts in order to support the work of the Afghan National Police (ANP). GIZ has, in the main, commissioned local construction firms to undertake the building work, so the project also contributes to local economic development in Kabul, Mazar-e Sharif, Kunduz and Faizabad.

The infrastructure provided means that the Afghan police force is increasingly able to carry out its own training independently.

The facilities established for this purpose are being operated and maintained for the long term. Thanks to the training courses, police officers are now able to perform their functions in a professional manner. This will help to improve the security situation in the long term, so the project is contributing to greater stability.

Since 2009, more than 11,000 police officers in nine provinces of northern Afghanistan have learned to read and write. These skills are essential to enable them to familiarise themselves with current law, research information independently, and benefit from promotion opportunities within the police service.

‘If the police and public prosecutors have a good working relationship, we can help improve access to justice and increase the public’s confidence in the judicial system,’ says a police officer who works in the criminal investigation department in the province of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan. He attended a training course for police and public prosecutors, which has helped to improve their cooperation in the investigation and judicial assessment of criminal offences in accordance with the rule of law. In conjunction with EUPOL and with funding from the Government of the Netherlands, the PIU has provided training for more than 460 police officers and public prosecutors from 26 provinces to date.