Afghan National Police Cadets Return Home from Training in Turkey

17 Feb 2013

imageUNDP Afghanistan / Titus Moetsabi: Afghan National Police cadets are received at Kabul International Airport.

Kabul, Afghanistan: On 16 February 2013, the Director of Studies in the Ministry of Interior’s Training and Education Command, Brigadier General Shah Alam Sapand received the first group of 500 Afghan National Police Graduates returning from the Police Training Centre in Sivas, Turkey.

UNDP – Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (UNDP-LOTFA) with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission in Afghanistan (NTM-A) organized and coordinated the specialized training which consisted of 54 subjects over six-months. The Government of Japan has part funded the training to the value of USD 3 million through UNDP-LOTFA. The other part of the training is funded by NTM-A. Through this initiative a total of 1500 Afghan National Police are being trained in three groups.

At the Kabul International Airport reception for the graduates, the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s representatives expressed their commitment to establishing peace and stability for Afghanistan through capacity building of the Afghan National Police. This Inter-governmental collaboration is built on the commitment of the Afghan Government and the International Community as endorsed at the Kabul Conference Communique of July 2010. The police training college in Sivas is one of the top training colleges in Turkey, using international policing best practices. This training is a major contribution to the professionalization of civilian policing in Afghanistan.

One of the Afghan National Police graduates from Sivas, Turkey, police cadet Mohammad Sharef Raeeskhel stated that the training was theoretical and practical covering human rights, commandos, and crime scene investigation subjects, among others. He said that he was looking forward to demonstrating to the people in Logar Province, where he is stationed, the new ethos of civilian policing.

"The assistance of the Government of Turkey and UNDP-LOTFA and other donor partners for this course is optimal and it will carry Afghanistan forward to become a better country," concluded Mohammad Sharef Raeeskhel.

The participating cadets reflected a sense of achievement and pride in being a part of the training.

"This is the second group of cadets to be trained in Sivas, Turkey. In February 2012, the first group to be trained arrived back in Afghanistan. The last group will be travelling to Turkey later this year," said Dr. Dominique Wisler, the responsible Manager at UNDP-LOTFA.

UNDP-LOTFA is presently supporting the Ministry of Interior through three main programs. UNDP-LOTFA is the international community’s mechanism for the mobilization of resources for paying and developing the capacity of the Afghan National Police and the Central Prisons Department. UNDP-LOTFA is strengthening efforts at gender mainstreaming in the Ministry of Interior and has established community policing programmes across the country.

Contact Information

For more information contact:

Norman Sanders, CTA/Project Manager.(a.i) norman.sanders@undp.org

Titus Moetsabi, Communications Specialist, UNDP – Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan.