Ministry of Defense takes command of police unit
The majority of the Afghan National Civil Order Police moved under the command of the Ministry of Defense March 18. They previously reported to the Ministry of Interior. The move allows the Ministry of Interior to focus its attention on the rule of law, and it strengthens the ability of the Army to secure the population.
27 Mar 2018
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense officially took command of the Afghan National Civil Order Police during a ceremony here, March 18.
The ANCOP act primarily as police reserves, conducting counter-insurgency operations and providing enhanced security for Afghanistan’s highways and borders. Prior to the change of command ceremony, ANCOP reported to the Ministry of Interior.
The reorganization sees the majority of the 13,000 ANCOP transfer to the MOD, while roughly 2,550 will remain with the MOI to operate as a quick response unit, and reserve to regular police units at times of civil disorder.
"Today is a fundamental step in this process of change,” said British Army Lt. Gen. Richard Cripwell, deputy commander, Resolute Support. "This allows the Ministry of Interior to focus its attention to the essential function of the rule of law, and it strengthens the ability of the Army to secure the population.”
The division will more clearly align military tasks to military forces, and allow the police to focus on civil policing and order.
Cripwell said the transfer "is one more step in reducing the opportunity for corruption, further increasing the credibility and transparency of the government to the people of Afghanistan.
"The momentum has shifted in the Afghan Security Forces’ favor, and the 2018 campaign will continue that momentum. We are here, and we will stay with you until the enemy lays down their arms and reconciles.”