EUPOL Afghanistan 2009 - 2011
In June 2009, Allan Dahl, Ronald Bourne and John Hattin were seconded to the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) as Canadian Police Expert Trainers, Mentors to the Ministry of Interior (MoI).
They assisted the MoI in carrying out reforms and putting in place a modern administrative system, resulting in increased capacity for their counterparts to carry out activities in Rule of Law, particularly with regard to anti-corruption.
As Police Mentors, Ronald Bourne and John Hattin completed various priority projects identified by EUPOL. These included mentoring and training in modern police methodologies at the Regional Training Center in Herat; a Management and Leadership Course delivered to senior officials within the MoI; preparing a curriculum proposal to assess the Ministry's training needs and design; and delivering the necessary training to police officials while monitoring its success.
Initially deployed as Anti-Corruption Expert, Allan Dahl worked on several key projects. They include leading an Organized Crime Task Force project; creating a working group on effective police-prosecutor cooperation within the MoI's Attorney General's Office (MoI-AGO) to increase stakeholder communication and consultation; case-by-case mentoring within Prosecutor’s Office to resolve procedural obstacles to anti-corruption work; and organizing workshops for officials in the Criminal Investigation Department of MoI-AGO to increase co-operation and communication.
Allan was subsequently promoted to Chief of Mentors/Advisers (Justice) within the Rule of Law Direction of EUPOL Afghanistan. He now directs and coordinates the advising and mentoring component of the mission, including supervising the mentors and assisting the MoI, Afghan National Police (ANP) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in improving their planning, management and performance capabilities.
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This project was undertaken with financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (DFAIT-START).