The Insanity Behind Building Afghanistan's Police Departments

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Sun, Oct 24th, 2010 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Concepts that a Western police force may take for granted, like chains of command for example, explains Christopher Beam in this Slate article, in Afghanistan must be taught.

And while the goal of Coalition Forces is to make the Afghan National Police capable of being self-sufficient, some of the problems it faces, such as drugs, the illiteracy, the corruption, the cavalier attitude toward safety, the lack of resources and equipment, the lax attitude toward work, and the violence, make the administering job sound like an impossible, insane task. And what will happen when the Coalition leaves? "I don't know," says Capt. Fred Wasser. "I see some good things, some brave leaders. But I have questions about their ability to coordinate and be successful" without outside guidance.

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