Cops or Robbers?
|Title||Cops or Robbers?|
|Subtitle / Series Title||The Struggle to Reform the Afghan National Police|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Volume||Issue Paper Series|
|Number of Pages||94 pp.|
|Publisher||Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)|
Afghanistan is unlikely to ever again have the high level of international attention and resources devoted to reforming the police that it has today. It is therefore important to learn from the past successes and failures and ensure the development of a police force that will operate as a serious law enforcement agency. This report was published by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, an independent research organisation based in Kabul. AREU's mission is to conduct high-quality research that informs and influences policy and practice."Cops or Robbers? The Struggle to Reform the Afghan National Police" provides an overview of the police sector in Afghanistan, assesses reform efforts since 2002, and identifies five key issues that must be addressed if the objective of creating an effective Afghan National Police (ANP) is to be achieved. The resurgence of the Taliban in southern Afghanistan since 2005 has contributed to a belated realisation of the importance of an effective police force, and resulted in an exponential growth in resources for police reform efforts. 2007 is likely to see more money committed to the police sector than the previous five years combined. This makes it an important time to assess and learn from past efforts, and to take advantage of the opportunity these additional resources will provide to develop a more comprehensive and effective approach to police reform in the future.