Train the trainer programme for the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan

17 August 2011 - The second generation of Train the Trainer programme successfully completed the three month course provided by UNODC's International Law Enforcement specialist, under the UNODC project Support for a Counter Narcotics Training Unit within the Afghan Police Academy (AFG/I77). This generation of Counter-Narcotics Training Academy (CNTA) cadre consisted of 13 policemen and policewomen. Over 20 cadre of CNTA has been trained so far.

This basic three months "Train the Trainer" programme was designed and developed by the UNODC international counter-narcotics law enforcement training expert in 2010. The CNTA was designed as an independent centre of excellence in the region, meant to provide the training to the cadre which will then cascade it down to the provincial level law enforcement staff. UNODC has invested into training the cadre at the CNTA (Counter Narcotics Training Academy) in order to develop a sustainable training facility for CNPA in the long run.

In accordance with provincial training plan agreed with Ministry of Interior, the first generation of trained cadre provided training in five key provinces (Nimroz, Badakshan, Helmand, Hirat, Mazar). The provincial Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) curriculum module consists of basic drugs and precursor identification, Counter-narcotics Law, intelligence, investigations and administration. The training has been delivered to CNPA, Afghan Border Police and Customs police.

Provincial training started in early 2011 and up till now the cadre has trained 58 relevant government officers in Nimroz (10 ABP, 16 CNPA, 7 ANP, 25 Customs); 25 CNPA officers in Badakshan; 36 CNPA officers in Helmand; in Hirat a total of 10 Afghan Border Police (ABP) and 23 CNPA; and 40 Afghan National Police (ANP) officers and 33 CNPA officers in Mazar.

The third generation of cadre will commence training in September 2011. The follow up advance training will commence in November 2011 covering all cadre trained.  This initiative is supported by the Government of Canada.