Afghan Non-commissioned Police Officers Return from Training in Turkey

29 Nov 2013

imageUNDP Afghanistan / LOTFA: Since 2012, nearly 1,500 Afghan non-commissioned police officers have received training in civilian policing in Turkey.

Kabul: A total of 497 male Afghan non-commissioned police officers have returned to Kabul after six months of training at the Sivas Police Training Centre for Afghanistan (SPTC-A) in Turkey.

The graduates were received at Kabul International Airport by representatives of the Ministry of Interior (MoI): the Director of the Administration Unit at the National Police Academy, Brigadier General Abdulman Hamdil;  the Deputy of Education and Training Command, Brigadier Javed Behashath; the Head of Media at the National Police Academy, Colonel Habibullah Razor; and the Deputy of MoI’s Media and Public Relations Directorate, Dr. Najib Nekzad; as well as representatives of the Government of Turkey.

“MoI priority is to professionalize the Afghan National Police. Trainings abroad like Sivas will have large impact on the quality of police professionalization”, said Dr. Najib Nekzad.

The Sivas initiative is jointly supported by UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A) with contributions from the Governments of Japan and Turkey.

Since 2011, nearly 1,500 Afghan cadets and non-commissioned officers have joined the SPTC-A for basic and advanced police training programmes in civilian policing such as enforcing the rule of law, maintaining law and order on the streets and protecting human safety. The third edition focuses this year on advanced training on criminal investigation. Afghan graduates from Sivas will serve ANP as middle and upper level police officers.

For the Afghan Minister of Interior, H. E. Mohammed Omer Daudzai, trainings like the Sivas initiative contribute to the professionalization of the ANP. He said that the focus of the force during the past years has been to support counter insurgency operations, while Afghanistan requires in the coming decade professional police officers able to provide security services to communities under the Rule of Law.

This is a cost-sharing training between LOTFA and NTM-A. The Government of Japan has contributed in total approximately USD 9 million through LOTFA for the first three training editions. Funding support from the Government of Japan is complemented by the deployment of six Japanese judo instructors preparing Afghan officers in judo techniques. NTM-A funds the remaining part of the organizational training costs. The Government of Turkey provides police trainers and logistical support in Turkey during the period of stay of Afghan officers. Almost 200 Turkish police trainers provide 50 subjects of study over the six month training initiative.

“LOTFA remains committed to working with the MoI towards achieving its vision of reform and professionalization. The Sivas training is an excellent example of partners working together to support the Government of Afghanistan”, said Mr. Basil Massey, LOTFA Programme Manager.

LOTFA is a mechanism established in 2002 by UNDP to enable the international community to mobilize resources to strengthen the country’s law enforcement. Funds are used to pay police officers’ and Central Prison Department guards’ salaries through direct electronic transfer systems, build infrastructure such as police check points, and support the professionalization of police officers—with a special focus on the professionalization of women in the force. LOTFA also supports the functional and operational capacity of Family Response Units and Gender and  Human Rights Units and works with MoI and other partners to ensure safe and equal working environment for both men and women police.

Contact Information

MoI: Sediq Sediqqi, Spokesman, +93 (0) 795225002, sediq.sediqqi@moi.gov.af

UNDP: Elena Vuolo, Reporting Specialist, LOTFA, UNDP Afghanistan +93 (0) 791694602, elena.vuolo@undp.org