Dr. Catherine Norman from the US-based Center for Naval Analyses briefed the IPCB Working Level meeting on her latest research from Helmand Province. Entitled “What Do Afghans Want from the Police?,” the research focused on public perceptions and desired end-state for the development of the Afghan National Police.
The project revealed some very interesting opinions that will significantly impact the transition to Afghan control in Helmand as well as have implications for ANP development throughout the rest of Afghanistan. Key findings of her project include:
- The police should be professional – not abusive, undisciplined or (too) corrupt
- Police should provide security
- Police should have a limited role in criminal investigations
- Police should respond to the public’s calls for assistance
- Locally recruited police can be a solution or a problem
Follow this link to download Dr. Norman’s entire report.