Reputation of Afghan police worsening in south: UN

The UN survey says the countrywide reputation of the police is good.

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 14:48 PM IST

Kabul: A United Nations survey indicates the reputation of the Afghan police has deteriorated in the south of the country in the past year, despite an intensive campaign by US troops to build up the Afghan security forces there.

The survey released on Thursday says the countrywide reputation of the police is good: 79 percent of Afghans have a favourable view of the police and 34 percent say their confidence in the police has grown in the past year.

However, in the south — the centre of the fight against the stubborn Taliban insurgency — only 48 percent of respondents said they had a "somewhat favourable" or "very favourable" opinion of the police in their area. That`s down from 67 percent a year ago.

Bureau Report