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EUPOL forces training Afghan police officers at the training centre in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan (file photo)

EUPOL forces training Afghan police officers at the training centre in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan (file photo), © picture-alliance / Ton Koene

18.04.2012 - Article

Germany played a key role in bringing about the police mission EUPOL AFG, which began its work in summer 2007. The mission is oriented towards training and developing the Afghan police forces; it is present in Kabul and more than ten Afghan provinces. The mission’s objectives are combating corruption, training the criminal investigations branch of the police, fostering cooperation between the police and prosecution authorities, and developing police structures within the Ministry of the Interior. Rule-of-law structures are also being developed in Afghanistan with the support of judges and public prosecutors; additionally, the mission is to advance human rights and gender equality. EUPOL AFG does not possess any independent executive powers.

The mission is made up of some 350 police officers and civilian experts from more than 20 EU countries and a number of non‑EU countries, as well as roughly 200 local staff members. Germany contributes approximately 50 members to the mission.

Information on EUPOL AFG from the council of the European Union

The EUPOL Afghanistan website

Information on Afghanistan from the Center for International Peace Operations

Information on Germany’s engagement in Afghanistan

A country profile from the Federal Foreign Office

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