The South Asia Channel

Paying the police

A key part of Obama’s plan for eventually transitioning control over to Kabul is standing up the Afghan National Police, who are routinely criticized for being corrupt and under-trained. Afghan police are three times as likely to be killed as their Army counterparts, and the officer in charge of training Afghanistan’s police force recently said ...

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A key part of Obama’s plan for eventually transitioning control over to Kabul is standing up the Afghan National Police, who are routinely criticized for being corrupt and under-trained. Afghan police are three times as likely to be killed as their Army counterparts, and the officer in charge of training Afghanistan’s police force recently said that only “illiterate people will accept the salary that we pay the police.” Afghan cops did, however, just get a pay raise. CSTC-A was kind enough to send over the updated pay scale for Afghan security forces, which is above (with a bigger version here) — a brand new recruit can expect to make $165 a month, up by $45. A general in the Afghan Army can make up to $1,095 a month with a certain amount of experience.

By comparison, cops in neighboring Pakistan earn around $200 and Taliban footsoldiers can make $440 per month, and Afghanistan’s monthly GDP per capita is $67. And the starting salary for police officers in Washington, DC is about $4,000 a month.

One thing is for certain — those 1,500 NATO soldiers currently working with Afghans to train soldiers and police have their work cut out for them, as do any additional trainers Obama may order deployed to Afghanistan.

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