Germany is once again stepping up its support for the new police force in Afghanistan. Currently 33 police stations are being built with German assistance in the north of the country. The aim of the programme is to extend policing beyond the urban centres by improving police infrastructure also in rural areas.
In this connection Thomas Ossowski, the head of the German Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kunduz, today inaugurated a new building for the traffic police in Kunduz and a new police headquarter in the Qal-e-Zal district together with the provincial governor. A large number of locals attended the handover ceremony.
To mark the occasion, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (5 April) issued the following statement in Berlin:
"To enforce law and order there has to be a reliable police presence especially in the Provinces. Our aim is to help the Afghan police force to progressively assume responsibility for guaranteeing the security of the people in Afghanistan.
I realize that is no easy task! Our offer to build more police stations is intended to support the Afghan Government and police in this endeavour.
For its part the police force must do everything possible to give citizens greater confidence in the country's security forces. Here, too, we are doing our bit – by stepping up our training and advisory activities and improving police equipment and supplies."
Recently Kunduz Province has increasingly been the scene of attacks by radical Islamic groups. A few weeks ago Germany established a permanent presence – the Taloqan Provincial Advisory Team (PAT) - in Takhar Province. To improve internal security in the Province, local police need to be better equipped.