Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) private security companies, (b) nations and (c) intergovernmental organisations are involved with training Afghan national police; and how many British citizens participate in each training initiative, broken down by (i) military and (ii) civilian personnel.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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The Government hold contracts with Global Strategies Ltd. and G4S (formerly Armour Group) to deliver elements of our work with the Afghan police. The US Government contract a number of private security companies to deliver training, including Blackwater Worldwide and DynCorp International. We do not hold a full list of the companies used by other nations.

A total of 25 nations provide training to the Afghan police. The European Police Mission to Afghanistan (EUPOL) currently includes officers from 21 nations, specifically Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The US, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Turkey also have personnel providing training to the Afghan national police on a bilateral basis, as do the UN Office of Drugs and Crime and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The Government have deployed a total of 84 personnel to work with the police in Afghanistan. Of these, 11 are deployed as part of EUPOL, three are deployed as police advisors to the US reform programme and 70 work on bilateral projects.

Out of 84 UK personnel, 24 are from the military and the remainder are civilians.

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