KABUL—Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior held an Afghan National Police Conference, to highlight the capabilities of the ANP in preparation of the transition in 2014, May 3 at the Afghan Ministry of Interior.
More than 150 people attended the conference with the aim to initiate a dialogue among the international community on the way ahead for development of a sustainable ANP and MoI beyond 2014. The conference also sought to set the stage for a conference centered on ANP commitments later in the year to discuss the role of the international community in supporting the MoI and ANP beyond 2014.
“The Conference went a long way toward achieving our goals,” said Jeff Brock, ANP advisor, “The Conference was a great success. It was an indication of how far both the MoI and ANP have come in partnership with NTM-A and the International Community. By all of the key players collaborating, we are able to be on the same page as to what lies in the future for the ANP.”
The ANP is primarily responsible for law enforcement and preservation of the rule of law. They prevent and fight against terrorist activities, maintain civil order, and protect rights and legal freedoms of citizens.
“In order to improve the capacity and capabilities of ANP, improvement and development of training and education is considered a priority,” said Brock. “Here at this conference, we have discussed the way ahead on this issue… The conference provided a positive outlook for transformation of the ANP to a Police Service with a full range of capabilities across the entire spectrum of policing.”
Providing special education for ANP, will better protect public and government properties and national and international organizations and institutions. Understanding human rights and gender sensitivity will help the ANP protect those most venerable: women and children.
“The ANP will gradually transform from a predominantly counter insurgency force to one that possess the full range of policing capabilities and ensure security to meet the full range of law enforcement and community policing requirements,” said Brock.
Additionally, discussed at the conference was the concern of how the ANP will gain the Afghans’ trust and confidence.
“I believe in the five coming years, the people of Afghanistan will consider their police to be honest, accountable, brave, impartial, professional and striving to create a secure and lawful society,” said Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, Minister of Interior. “My long term vision is that the police will uphold the Constitution of Afghanistan and enforce the prevailing laws of the country to protect the rights of all people of Afghanistan, and will perform their duties in a professional, non-discriminatory, trustworthy and accountable manner.”
NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan is a coalition of 38 troop-contributing nations charged with assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. For more information about NTM-A, visit www.ntm-a.com.
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