Investigating Corruption in the Afghan Police Force
Instability and Insecurity in Post-Conflict Societies



The opening chapter of the book covers security sector reform that has attempted to curb corruption by enhancing the efficiency of a competently trained police force. It draws on comparisons between Afghanistan and Iraq which has resulted in a number of shortcomings that include weak vetting, excessive use of force, low funding of the justice sector, loyalty of police officers with local networks and corruption. The subsequent part covers the aims of the book to outline the three main drivers (political, economic and cultural) drivers of corruption and methodology of the empirical data collected in the field. The methods include a total of 70 semi-structured interviews conducted with mainly ministerial, governmental and civil society organisational staff. Each interview consisted of approximately 60-90 minutes. The lower ranks of the Afghan police force included a 10-minute survey conducted with 100 officers and subsequently a 20-minute structured interview was undertaken with 50 officers. The final sections offers an overview of each chapter.

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