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Army March 28, 2013
US Army Capt Gina Goris
and Maj Chris Linden
AFGHAN Uniform Police investi-
gators will soon be leading the way
in training other Afghan criminal
investigation teams to gather evi-
dence used to prosecute criminals
and insurgents in Uruzgan province,
The first eight AUP Criminal
Investigation Division (CID) officers
graduated from the Evidence Based
Operations (EvBo) train-the-trainer
course held at the Police Training
Centre on Multinational Base Tarin
Kot from February 25-28.
Combined Team Uruzgan's US
Security Force Police Assistance Team
commander, Lt-Col William Phillips,
said this type of training was one-of-
"The training enables the Afghan
police to train their own investigators
on how to collect, analyse and pre-
sent evidence in a court of law, and
legitimises the legal prosecution of
criminals within Uruzgan province,"
ADF Investigative Service forensic
manager Sgt Jon Cooper instructed
during the course and said the Afghan
police impressed the advisers with
their understanding of evidence proce-
dures and their speed of learning.
"During the knowledge assessment
at the beginning of the course they
Police in Uruzgan province are undergoing forensic training as they take over the lead in investigations
surprised us all by asking for masks
and gloves before entering the mock
crime scene and showed great interest
in learning how to search for finger-
prints," Sgt Cooper said.
"Some of the results for recovery
were excellent given that this type of
training is usually done over several
weeks rather than three days.
"I think the training is valuable and
the AUP were eager to learn. While
policing here is carried out in a differ-
ent manner on the ground to that back
home in Australia, the training they
are now getting is helping to mould an
effective police force."
Every student that graduated from
the training received a certificate of
completion, a student/instructor course
handbook, a fingerprint kit and EvBo
CDs to help them instruct their own
Afghan Police Training Centre
Commander Lt-Col Del Agha present-
ed the certificates in front of distin-
guished guests from Afghan counter-
intelligence and CID.
"I thank the coalition for provid-
ing this training. I am proud of our
new Afghan instructors, but now it
is important for them to pass on the
knowledge they received to other
police officers within Uruzgan,"
Lt-Col Agha said.
The Afghan Uruzgan Province
Counter Terrorism Director, Abdul
Khaliq, told students at the EvBo grad-
uation the training would help convict
"Your training and future instruc-
tion to other police investigators will
improve our profession by ensuring we
find and prosecute the real criminals,"
The course is designed to ensure
the police can sustain operations and
improve their profession by giving the
Afghan police officers the responsibil-
ity for passing on their knowledge and
The students all signed a train-
ing relationship agreement with their
instructors promising to teach what
they learned to the AUP.
Student Saeed Kalan, who had the
highest grade point average, said the
EvBo instructors provided him with
the tools he needed to teach others.
"It is now my duty to take the train-
ing techniques, books and knowledge
that my instructors provided me and
teach other police investigators in my
country on how to conduct investiga-
tions," he said.
Evidence: Sgt Jon Cooper demonstrates
how to preserve a fingerprint from a surface.
Inset, US Law Enforcement Police Advisor
Davy Aguilera supervises an Afghan Police
Photos by Maj Chris Linden
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