During the past five years, Norwegian police have been assigned the task of retraining Afghans to serve in a modern police force. The latest report of their success and failure leans more to the negative than to the positive. According to the Norwegian police analysis of what has happened over the past five years, the following are indicative of trials and tribulations of the Norwegians:
In July of this year, an Afghan officer who was being trained as an instructor, took two police cars and nine colleagues and headed off to defect to the Taliban.
Tests conducted on the police recruits for the police program revealed 95% of them tested positive for cannabis and amphetamines.
The police were assigned the task of destroying 50,000 hectares of opium production. They destroyed 4,300 hectares.
Female Afghan police officers are the targets of sexual attacks by their superiors.
Afghan police are reportedly freeing persons arrested on narcotics charges in return for bribes.
Torgrim Moseby, who plays a key role in the training program believes many who have been accepted into the program have ties to tribal chiefs and to the Taliban.
Reality is that Afghanistan will not have its problems resolved by additional brigades of soldiers unless there are efforts to restore dignity to members of the Afghan armed forces and ensure they are well paid and properly led.