Aid to El Salvador:

Slow Progress in Developing a National Civilian Police

NSIAD-92-338: Published: Sep 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined whether the U.S. assistance for the police development effort in El Salvador is consistent with the provisions of the peace agreement; (2) assessed the progress made in establishing the police force and police academy; and (3) evaluated the financial status of the police development effort.

GAO found that: (1) the $20-million U.S. pledge will be used over a 2-year period to support the police development effort; (2) the U.S. assistance is being administered through the Department of Justice's International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program (ICITAP); (3) progress has been slow in the development of the National Civilian Police; (4) two problems that impede development of a professional police force are the current void in the command structure and El Salvador's decision to keep salaries for police officers low; (5) the National Civilian Police does not have headquarters offices, equipment, or facilities; (6) the new academy does not have suitable or permanent facilities; (7) the lack of operational plans and other information about the new police force could hamper the effectiveness of the training program at the new police academy; (8) El Salvador has not put a high priority on supporting the academy or the police force; (9) international donors have not responded to appeals for funding support; and (10) the police academy is expected to run out of operating funds in the near future.

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