I received the following email communication today from Alex Bronstein-Moffly , Deputy Director of Public Affairs Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
The subject of his email was regarding Afghan National Police corruption, relating specifically with salaries, much of it paid for and underwritten by US taxpayer funds.
In fact the US has spent billions of dollars to train and equip Afghan National Police.
It read as follows:
“Today, SIGAR released an inquiry into the Afghan National Police mobile money pilot program, used by less than 1% of the force. The report raised concerns that 18% of Afghan police receive their salaries via the “trusted agent” system.
As much as half of the salaries, via “trusted agent” system, are diverted or otherwise siphoned off from the rightful recipients by fees/corrupt practices. As a result up to $45.5 million in Afghan police salaries are at risk in just 2014 alone. Ensuring that police officers receive their full salaries is critical to creating an honest, reliable, and sustainable police force.
If you would like any additional information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
Note: The Afghan National Police (ANP) is the primary police force of Afghanistan, serving as a single law enforcement agency all across the country. The agency is under the responsibility of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior, headed by Omar Daudzai. The ANP has about 157,000 active members as of September 2013,which is expected to reach 160,000 by the end of 2014 (Source: Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64044).
See video: 60 minutes report Afghanistan’s police Good cop Bad Cop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2XCMVRI5l4
See video: Afghanistan war: Tackling Police Corruption http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0zW_01pFxg
See related video: Afghan National Police http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUffNS64nOo
See video: Afghan national Police counter terrorism unit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBT7P8Tpink