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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the availability of equipment, facilities, and supplies in El Salvador to meet the needs of the National Civilian Police (NPC), focusing on: (1) possible NPC use of existing National Police and Salvadoran military equipment, facilities, and supplies; (2) the status of public security forces' equipment provided by the United States; and (3) the Salvadoran government's cost estimates for needed equipment and facilities.

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Recommendations

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense 1. The Secretary of Defense should instruct the U.S. Military Group El Salvador to work with the Salvadoran military and National Police to locate or otherwise determine the disposition of the 297 hand-held radios and 23 pickup trucks provided to the Salvadoran public security forces that are not in the National Police and Salvadoran military inventories. For those items located that are suitable for use by the National Civilian Police, assist the National Police and the Salvadoran military in taking the necessary measures to make these articles available to the new members of the National Civilian Police as they assume their duties beginning in January 1993.
Closed - Implemented
MILGROUP/El Salvador reported on the disposition of the radios and pickup trucks that GAO identified as missing. The joint general inspection took place on April 11-15, 1993. In addition, the MILGROUP continues to encourage the ESAF to support the development of the civilian national police. While the equipment has been accounted for, the equipment has generally not been transferred to the Civilian National Police. According to the MILGROUP, the equipment is old and would be of limited use to the Police.
Department of Defense 2. The Secretary of Defense should instruct the U.S. Military Group El Salvador to work with Salvadoran military and National Police to retrieve the 876 9-mm semi-automatic pistols that are presently not in the hands of the National Police. These pistols should be transferred to the National Civilian Police for its immediate and continuing needs beginning in January 1993.
Closed - Implemented
The Department of Defense (DOD) has implemented this recommendation. DOD reported that those pistols that were serviceable were turned over to the National Police.

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