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Afghan National Police: 8 years, $6 billion, still at square 1

“http://www.propublica.org/feature/six-billion-dollars-later-the-afghan-national-police-cant-begin-to-do”

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“More than a year after Barack Obama took office, the president is still discovering how bad things are. At a March 12 briefing on Afghanistan with his senior advisers, he asked whether the police will be ready when America’s scheduled drawdown begins in July 2011, according to a senior official who was in the room. “It’s inconceivable, but in fact for eight years we weren’t training the police,” replied Caldwell, taking part in the meeting via video link from Afghanistan. “We just never trained them before. All we did was give them a uniform.” The president looked stunned. “Eight years,” he said. “And we didn’t train police? It’s mind-boggling.” The room was silent.

Efforts to build a post-Taliban police force have been plagued from the start by unrealistic goals, poor oversight, and slapdash hiring. Patrolmen were recruited locally, issued weapons, and placed on the beat with little or no formal training. Most of their techniques have been picked up on the job—including plenty of ugly habits. Even now, Caldwell says, barely a quarter of the 98,000-member force has received any formal instruction. The people who oversaw much of the training that did take place were contractors—many of them former American cops or sheriffs. They themselves had little proper direction, and the government officials overseeing their activities did not bother to examine most expenses under $3,000, leaving room for abuse. Amazingly, no single agency or individual ever had control of the training program for long, so lines of accountability were blurred."

by teru kuwayama at 2010-03-20 22:23:14 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

http://www.propublica.org/ion/blog/item/5-reasons-u.s.-strategy-to-train-afghan-police-isnt-working-despite-billion

“…High turnover in the police forces means they keep having to start over. “Of the 170,000 or so Afghans trained under the program since its inception, only about 30,000 remain on the force,” according to officials from the State and Defense Departments.Corruption persists. American-trained police continue to sell weapons and ammunition to the Taliban.”

by teru kuwayama | 22 Mar 2010 21:03 | Palo Alto California, United States | | Report spam→

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