NPA to train Afghan police officers

Kyodo News

The National Police Agency announced a three-year plan Thursday to train Afghan police officers in Japan as part of efforts to support the reconstruction of the war-torn country.

Ten senior Afghan police officers will visit Japan and take part in a two-week training course starting Monday. They will learn about Japan’s “koban” police box system and how to train novice officers.

As well as receiving lectures at the NPA, they will take a firsthand look at the operations of Japanese police by visiting the Hiroshima Prefectural Police headquarters and the koban operating under it.

Koban, generally staffed by two to three officers, are tasked with keeping a close watch on their communities.

Afghanistan’s security situation remains unstable. Taliban militants and others engage in frequent terrorist attacks and kidnappings, often targeting foreigners.

In August, Japanese aid worker Kazuya Ito was abducted and fatally shot by an armed group in Afghanistan.