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Interior Ministry to strengthen community police

Interior Ministry to strengthen community police

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Oct 24, 2016 - 18:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Monday said the community police were being strengthened in order to increase liaison between police and people and reduce terrorist and criminal activities.

According to the Interior Ministry, the community police, created seven years ago, are currently operating in all provinces of the country.

The ministry has cited attracting people’s support, resolving local disputes, implementing laws through consultations, narrowing the gap between people and police and strengthening cooperation with people as main objectives behind the community police creation.

On Monday, Interior Ministry and European Union police mission officials attended a seminar in Kabul and assessed activities of the police and discussed ways how to further improve the community police.

Deputy interior minister for administration Karamuddin Yawar told the seminar that a 15-member community police currently existed in each province.

He said the 15-member community police group was comprised of seven policemen and as many civilians who worked under the Ministry of Interior framework. Most of the members were legal experts, he added.

Yawar called community policing as effective and said: “The more you cement relations between police and public, the more you prevent terrorist and criminal activities.”

Community police chief Humayun Aini said the community police’s job was to create advisory councils involving representatives of retired military officials, religious scholars, elders, teachers, people’s representatives, civilian societyinfo-icon activists and womeninfo-icon for reaching the desired goals.

Without going into details, he said the mentioned councils had been created in some province. The creation of mobile teams for propagation, establishment of information offices and providing information to people about public safety was duty of the community police, he said.

EUPOL deputy head in Afghanistaninfo-icon Tarmo Miilins told the seminar that it was essential to strengthen contacts between common people and police.

“Without winning people’s trust, it is very problematic for police to play an effective role in the society. Police should perform their duty in good manner to attract people’s confidence.”

He said people trusted police when they considered the police as their own, something that needed a huge sacrifice.

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