Report Faults U.S. Police Training In Afghanistan


A report by the Pentagon and the State Department found that the American-trained police force in Afghanistan is largely incapable of carrying out routine law enforcement work, and that managers of the $1.1 billion training program cannot say how many officers are on duty or where thousands of trucks and other equipment issued to police units have gone, the New York Times says. The report said that no effective field training program had been established in Afghanistan, in part because of a slow, ineffectual start and understaffing.

Police training experts agreed with the report's findings; some said they had warned for years that field training was the backbone of a strong program. The main contractor involved is DynCorp International of Virginia. Given the state of the police force, an estimated $600 million per year will be needed indefinitely to sustain it, says the report. DynCorp, based in Falls Church, Va., has 14,000 employees in about 33 countries. The firm also won the largest part of the training work in Iraq; got $1.6 billion for training and security work in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 fiscal years. The work accounted for roughly 30 percent of the company's revenue in those years. The company has sent 377 police advisers to Afghanistan, roughly half the number the U.S. has deployed in Iraq. Experts say far more police advisers are needed in Afghanistan, which is about the same size as Iraq.


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