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Helping to Professionalize Afghan Police Forces

Many countries have a Ministry of the Interior (MoI) which is a national cabinet position that is responsible for national police departments. It is roughly equivalent to the Department of Justice in the United States.

In Afghanistan, the MoI is responsible for the training and accountability of a variety of civil security forces including the Afghan National Police and its sub-element the Afghan Uniform Police or AUP. The AUP are the element that most US troops have contact with on a regular basis. Recently, Spirit of America was able to help US forces professionalize these AUP. US troops training the AUP wrote,

In October 2012 the Zharay District AUP Security Forces Assistance team contacted "Spirit of America" in regards to a dire need for the police in Kandahar Province: digital cameras in order to capture crime scenes, enemy activity, and significant evidence. In only two months, over 30 IEDs have been captured on the AUP cameras, as well as, several high profile incidents throughout the area. Both ISAF and ANSF wish to extend their appreciation towards "Spirit of America" for increasing the productivity and effectiveness to the Afghan Uniform Police.

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Afghan Police Officer displaying evidence he recorded with his camera

Now that evidence is able to be collected, AUP are applying the techniques that they have learned in their academies to build cases against suspects who are believed to have committed criminal activity in the area. This evidence is then presented in a court of law. Thanks to the continued concern and assistance of Spirit of America donors, the Afghan Police are making great strides in being able to document important occurrences in their areas of responsibility.

Jim Misencik
Afghanistan Field Rep

No endorsement of Spirit of America by the US Department of Defense or its personnel is intended or implied.