UNDP, EU help Afghan National Police scale up code of conduct
Kabul, Afghanistan: UNDP Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (UNDP-LOTFA) and Ministry of Interior (MoI) ran a Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop from 31st March to 2nd April, 2013 at the Ministry of Interior Headquarters in Kabul to train 17 Police Training Officers from all Kabul Police Districts on the Afghan Police Code of Conduct.
UNDP LOTFA is implementing the training in collaboration with MoI and the European Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) provides support through its provincial field offices. EUPOL conducts post-ToT training, future Code of Conduct training arrangements, monitoring and mentoring as well as other Code of Conduct implementation related activities. The training initiative has been endorsed by the Minister of Interior H.E. Major General Ghulam Mutjaba Patang.
The Ministry of Interior’s Code of Conduct for the Afghan National Police (ANP) provides ethical commitments and uniform standards of behavior that the ANP should follow while serving the Afghan nation and its people. The aim of the Code of Conduct ToTs is to impart knowledge and understanding to a critical mass of ANP who will provide their colleagues knowledge of the tools, systems and conditions that ensure that professional standards of Afghan National Police conduct are observed.
The Government is strengthening professionalism and integrity in the Afghan National Police in order to ensure that public trust can be consolidated by ensuring the highest levels of integrity amongst police officers. The training includes concrete actions against corruption in the Afghan National Police as well as reinforcing legal and human rights under Afghan Law through appropriate police behavior and conduct. The Police Code of Conduct is a mandatory requirement under the United Nations Convention against Corruption which the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has committed to.
The Police Training Officers are trained in the nine basic principles of the Code of Conduct. These principles are: the rule of law, impartiality/non-discrimination, use of force, responsibility, confidentiality, and obedience to orders, service to the community, honesty, and discretion.
Since 2012 when the Code of Conduct training was initiated, 1,448 police personnel have been trained – 60 of them women police officers. Trained police personnel comprised of 767 Police Commanders and 81 Code of Conduct Afghan National Police Trainers as well as 600 police officers who were trained in the basic course by the National Police Trainers. The Training of Trainers course is also scheduled for Kunduz, Herat, Kandahar, Lashkargah, Cheghcheran and Mazar-e-Sharif in 2013. Two women police officers only Training of Trainers are scheduled for 15 women police officers in Kabul and 15 women police officers in Mazar-e-Sharif in May and June 2013.
“Trainees from various levels in the ANP have found the training extremely useful and they are so enthusiastic to take the knowledge to their colleagues around the country," Victor Schmidt, the UNDP LOTFA Adviser to the Ministry of Interior on the Code of Conduct,
The Ministry of Interior’s goal is that all police personnel be trained and abide by the Code of Conduct, the Afghan Constitution and Police Law in order to serve Afghan society, safeguard life and property and, protect and respect citizen’s freedoms and lawful rights.