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News : Afghan 119 Police Services Prevent Violence
Kabul, Afghanistan Oct 31, 2014 -- A five-year-old crime prevention system in Afghanistan is attracting new attention as an effective tool in curtailing the militancy.
The 119 Information Centre was established to provide Afghans with an easy way to contact police – dialling 119 on a phone. It is a round-the-clock operation where citizens can report violence, administrative corruption, human rights violations, kidnappings and terrorist activities.
Now, the Ariana TV network and Awaz Productions are jointly broadcasting a programme called Reaction 119, which provides information about the value of the service.
"The Reaction 119 programme demonstrates how people can give reports about extremists' destructive activities and kidnapping cases to security forces," Col. Mohammad Humayoun Ayeni, director of the police emergency call centre 119 at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), told Central Asia Online.
The Afghan Quick Reaction Police stand ready to ward off any security challenges endangering the public, he said in describing his unit. The programme highlights the unit's work, he added.
The programme, which has aired on the private television channel at 6.30pm every Friday since October 10, is dedicated to demonstrating the services of the Quick Reaction Police as they deal with emergencies and help civilians with security problems.
Ultimately, it could be very effective in building trust between the public and the Afghan security forces, Ayeni said.
Indeed, that was one of the reasons behind the programme, Arif Mohammadi, a producer for the show, said.
"The programme has a positive impact on people's mentalities, and they have found the confidence in their security forces to call them during emergencies," he said of early reaction to the programme.
Besides building public trust in the country's security efforts, a strong 119 programme can encourage the security forces by allowing them to feed off the publicity of past successes, military analysts said.
"And if the morale of the security forces is strengthened, they will further concentrate on their duties and provide better services for the people of Afghanistan," Abdul Rauf, a retired MoI general, said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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