Afghan Local Police: A Critical Rural Security Initiative Lacks Adequate Logistics Support, Oversight, and Directionl [open pdf - 1MB]
"The Afghan Local Police (ALP), established in 2010 under the authority of the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MOI), works to enhance security in rural areas outside the reach of the Afghan National Army or the Afghan National Police. The ALP is tasked with strengthening local security through the training of rural Afghans to defend their communities against insurgents and other illegally armed groups. The ALP headquarters is in Kabul, but each ALP unit is controlled through its respective district and provincial police headquarters. The ALP is authorized a total of 30,000 personnel, and, as of August 2015, consisted of 28,073 personnel across 150 districts. The ALP is supported by U.S. and coalition forces, with oversight from the Combined Security Transition Command-- Afghanistan (CSTC-A). CSTC-A is responsible for managing the use of U.S. funds to equip and sustain the ALP, and for building the capacity of the MOI in support of the ALP. As of April 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) had obligated and expended about $470 million to support the ALP. Based on current DOD estimates, $121 million will be needed annually to sustain the program. SIGAR conducted this audit to (1) identify challenges to the ALP's success; (2) assess the MOI's internal controls and CSTC-A's oversight of salary disbursements to ALP personnel; and (3) determine how the U.S. government and the MOI plan to monitor and sustain the ALP program."
SIGAR 16-3-AR/Afghan Local Police
Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: https://www.sigar.mil/