Police training mission in Afghanistan
6 January 2010
Since the summer of 2011, the Netherlands has been providing training to the civilian police force in northern Afghanistan. A total of 545 personnel have been deployed for this purpose and are stationed partly in Kunduz province and partly in the capital city of Kabul and in Mazar-e Sharif.
The training mission involves 225 civilian and military trainers and five legal experts. German units in the area will be responsible for their protection, while 125 Dutch military personnel will provide the police trainers with medical, logistic and staff support.
Four Dutch F-16s backed by 120 military personnel are stationed in Mazar-e Sharif, west of Kunduz. Operating from this base, the planes are deployed to locate improvised explosives. In addition, they will protect Afghan and international units in acute emergency situations.
70 military personnel work at various headquarters. They are required for, amongst other things, securing the Dutch intelligence position and for increasing Dutch influence on international decision-making.
The integrated police training mission will last until 2014 and aims to gradually transfer the responsibility for security in Kunduz to the Afghan government. At the same time, it is hoped to improve the law-enforcement chain, of which the police form an essential part. This contributes to the process of transition in which the Afghan people will, bit by bit, assume responsibility for security in their country.
As part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) under NATO command, the Netherlands was lead nation in the southern province of Uruzgan for four years, from August 2006 until August 2010.