Obstacle Lifted: Graduates of Police Academy to Pursue Higher Education

Apr 10, 2017

Gen. Taj Muhammad Jahid, Minister of Interior Affairs and Dr. Farida Momand, Minister of Higher Education, sign an agreement that will elevate the police academy to a university status.

Afghanistan National Police Academy gained the status of a university. The Ministry of Interior Affairs has been running the academy for over 50 years, but its graduates couldn’t get their degrees attested. Now, the Afghan Higher Education Ministry, an official body to accredit educational degrees, has agreed to recognize all the academy’s four- year courses as bachelor degrees, after the academy fulfilled the higher education requirements for degree programmes.

Graduates from the academy will now be able to pursue post-graduate studies, a critical need for Afghanistan’s police as it tries to professionalize the force. The United Nations Development Programme provided technical support to the Ministry of Interior in its efforts to achieve this major success.

Gen Taj Mohammad Jahid, Minister of Interior Affairs, said, “This is a solid and very important step towards police professionalization.” He praised UNDP’s role in facilitating these negotiations and its overall work in building the capacity of Afghan police and reforming systems within the ministry.   

In addition to training thousands of police cadets including around 1,000 women police in Turkey, UNDP will also support a master’s degree programme in law enforcement for 25 National Police Academy instructors at the American University of Afghanistan. This will transform the academy into a more capable and professional police training facility.

“Education is a significant part of development and this will help trust building between communities and police in the long term,” said Stephen Moore, Project Manager for UNDP’s Ministry of Interior and Police Development project. He added that UNDP remains committed to professionalizing the Afghan police.

 

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