Police code of conduct ready for distribution
KABUL (Pajhwok): Copies of the first-ever booklet containing the Code of Conduct will be distributed soon to Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel across the country, a UN agency said on Tuesday.
Released this week, the illustrated booklet and a poster in Dari and Pashto set out the code’s uniform standards and nine basic principles guiding the behaviour of ANP officers while on and off duty.
“The adoption of the code of conduct by ANP is yet another step toward progress into professionalisation within police and building trust between police and the public,” said Minister of Interior Omer Daudzai.
The booklets were developed by the Ministry of Interior and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) through ongoing collaboration to build a modern civilian police force, supported by the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).
UNDP Country Director Alvaro Rodriguez said: “The code reinforces the message that protecting citizens, sustaining peace and stability for society and preventing and detecting crimes are core obligations of the ANP.”
As of February 24, 2014, a total of 10,393 ANP personnel have attended code of conduct training, including 818 police commanders. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) and UNDP partnered with the government to develop and deliver the training.
The training and education has been funded by the Republic of Korea through LOTFA.
"The Code of Conduct is another meaningful achievement in transforming the Afghan National Police into a more mature and civil oriented authority that protects the Afghan people and the rights they deserve," said Korean Ambassador Cha Young-cheol.
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