The NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan- NTM-A is working on a plan to increase the number of Afghan policemen from 130,000 to 157,000 forces by the year 2014, said Maj. General Stuart Beare deputy to NTM- in Afghanistan.
The increase in number of the Afghan police will enable these forces to take the security responsibility of Afghanistan from the U.S. – led coalition forces and protect the country against the threats of Taliban insurgents who are seeking to disrupt the transition process.
Gen. Beare said efforts are going to bolster and equip the Afghan police with modern weapons and communication systems enabling them to protect their country and fight back the rebels after NATO exits the country.
NATO officials talked about the improvements in Afghan police at the time that the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) is preparing to take the security of seven provinces including the capital Kabul from the NATO forces as part of the transition process.
Meanwhile, Afghan officials said that Afghan police is facing with shortage of ammunition and weapons to stand against the Taliban insurgency, however, NATO officials said they have reinforced the Afghan police and have provided 90,000 police vehicles, 80,000 communication systems and thousands of weapons for the Afghan police.
Gen. Beare said NATO has taken serious steps to literate the Afghan police and currently 100,000 Afghan police and army personnel are studying in literacy courses, which improve the position of police in Afghan society.
At the moment, 300,000 Afghan forces and 150,000 U.S. led- coalition forces are fighting back the Taliban insurgents, but despite the huge number of forces in Afghanistan, the country is still in turbulence.
Written: Rahim Aria- Afghanistan