EUPOL Ends Civilian Policing Mission in Afghanistan
By Tom Rataj
The European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) held official end-of-mission ceremonies in Kabul on November 14, 2016, marking the end of their 9-year mission in support of the development of civilian policing in the Afghan National Police (ANP) within a framework of “rule of law” and human rights.
By Tom Rataj
During her speech at the ceremony, the EUPOL Head of Mission Ms. Pia Stjernvall hailed EUPOL’s nine-year partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) which had borne fruit in police training, promotion of gender equality and intelligence-led policing as well as strategy and leadership, among others. She emphasized that the progress had been achieved in cooperation with other international partners such as NATO’s Resolute Support mission, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the German Police Project Team.
The EUPOL mission saw police officer from European police services and partner states including Canada, posted to police training centres in Kabul, Kunduz and Mazar-i-Sharif, where they taught basic to advanced policing skills to ANP officers. Although the official mission will end on December 31, 2016, the EU will continue to support the professionalization of the Afghan police and the application of the rule of law, as part of a broader international effort beyond 2016.
Blue Line Magazine visited the mission in Kabul in the summer of 2013, visit www.blueline.ca to read the coverage. For more information about EUPOL, visit: http://www.eupol-afg.eu/.