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NZ Police Win Praise In Afghanistan, Minister Says

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Judith Collins
Judith Collins

Wellington, Oct 11 NZPA - The work of the New Zealand police contingent in Afghanistan has earned high praise from local police and officials, says Police Minister Judith Collins who has just spent four days in the country.

Currently a team of three officers is helping train the Afghan national police.

"The team has earned a reputation for its professionalism, its ability to connect with Afghan people and its ability to get the job done," Ms Collins said.

"While in Bamyan I met Deputy Governor Haji Kazimi and the deputy provincial chief of police General Qudsi, both of whom were generous in their praise for the work by New Zealand police."

Ms Collins said it was good to see the challenges faced by the police contingent first hand and to get feedback from local officials.

"The task facing our police in an area that has seen recent conflict is considerable," she said.

"However, they are making an enormous contribution by developing the skills of the local police force and helping Afghanistan build a more peaceful and stable future."

Ms Collins is now on her way back to New Zealand.

She travelled with the Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae, and visited New Zealand troops at Bamyan army camp and in Kabul.

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