As part of their various activities to build up the Afghan police, German police instructors are also training the new Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP).
A highly trained Civil Order Police will be a cornerstone of the Afghan security architecture. Today (15 May), the fourth group of some 200 recruits and 28 officers complete their training in Mazar-e-Sharif. In this way, the German Government is making an important contribution to the creation of self-sustaining security – so that Afghan institutions can take responsibility for security into their own hands. The presidential elections planned for the coming year will be a major test for the new Civil Order Police.
The Civil Order Police is being trained to manage demonstrations and large-scale social and political events peacefully. The members of the force are given 12 to 14 weeks of training, provided in coordination with the EU and the USA. Germany is responsible for the advanced course on managing demonstrations. New instructors are trained as part of each course. The idea is that they will thereafter teach the courses themselves. All ANCOP officers have already completed their general training at the Police Academy in Kabul, which was built by Germany.
To date, some 1300 members of the Civil Order Police have completed their training. In addition, Germany also trains members of the airport and border police. In order to further intensify Germany's engagement in the field of basic and further training, the pool of experts from which German police instructors are drawn will be increased to at least 100 by the end of 2008. The objective for 2008 is to have 2000 members of the ANCOP fully trained by the end of the year. In 2009, this number should reach 3000 – which would be double the figure trained as of 2007.