Afghan Confidential: Detectives Train at CSI KabulOct 03, 2012
By Jessica Donati
Detectives stand around a mannequin as they undergo training by the European Union's police mission in Afghanistan at the Kabul college for crime scene analysis at the Central Training Centre (CTC) in Kabul October 2, 2012. Courtesy of REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Blood is spattered around a thick blade in the back of a body hunched over on the ground, the head bowed and hands clutching a bag of white powder.
But this time the victim is a mannequin and gathered around in a spartan wood-paneled classroom in a run-down neighborhood on the outskirts of the Afghan capital are a dozen senior Afghan police, most in uniform but some in worn grey suits.
The detectives are being taught how to solve a crime by using physical evidence and witness statements, rather than by extracting a confession, perhaps with excessive force, as rights groups often complain.