Efforts on to build close police-public liaison
KABUL (Pajhwok): Efforts are ongoing to keep police from developing contacts with political parties or politicians and make the force develop coordination with the masses, an official said on Saturday.
Officials made the remarks at a three-day workshop that kicked off at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in Kabul. Security officials and members of civil society organisations are in attendance.
Abdul Karim Zamani, national police chief at MoI, said the workshop was aimed at listening to the views of civil society members on how police could build strong coordination with the public in a friendly way.
Police, he acknowledged, had been politicised over the years and determined efforts were being made to make the force more professional and service-oriented.
He said a strategy was being devised requiring the police force to hold weekly meetings with the people to garner more support of the masses. “We are striving to approach people to make national security impregnable.”
Masood Ahmad Azizi, policy and strategy deputy officer at MoI, also believed improved people-police liaison would help bolster law and order in the country.
Police would hold sessions with people in villages, universities, mosques, schools and other public places to muster their support for better security, Azizi informed.
“We want people’s backing under established law. We want people not to provide sanctuaries to anti-state and social elements,” he added.
He said steps were being taken to pull police out of the anti-terror fight and focus on its role in tightening security. Also, efforts are on to train police on modern lines, which would bring the crime graph down.
“We have a strong 157,000 police force and each of the policemen has four weeks, four month or six months training. But we are mulling options that each policeman gets at least two or four years intense training,” he noted.
Khatira Asadi, a civil society activist, said that positive development had been seen in the police force. “Our police force has considerably grown in professionalism. It's great that we now have policewomen in the force; it's a good improvement.”
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