LOTFA Community and Police Perception Survey


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LOTFA Community and Police Perception Survey

September 13, 2020

The LOTFA Community and Police Perception Survey (CPPS) provides insight into the security situation, the quality of policing and police-community relations in Kabul from the perspectives of residents in Kabul and members of the Afghan National Police. The survey was conducted between June and August 2019 across the 19 police districts (PDs) of Kabul. It was administered to two respondent groups: members of the communities (“community respondents”) (n=5,908) and members of the ANP (n=981). The community respondents were split almost equally between male and female (51 percent male and 49 percent female). However, police respondents were unevenly split (81 percent male and 19 percent female) as the survey aimed to target all policewomen, who form a small percentage of the total police strength.

An in-depth analysis of the survey data reveals strong correlation of public trust in police with how people perceive the security situation in their communities, general performance of the police in their communities, and whether they feel safe walking alone on the streets. The survey findings are presented with gender disaggregation and show significant variations across the 19 police districts in Kabul city.

In his Forward message, Mr. Mohammad Masoud Andarabi, Acting Minister of Interior Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan states that “The findings of this survey not only help us understand the perceptions of people about security situation and police performance in Kabul city, but also capturing challenges faced by police in providing safety and security for the people. In simplest term, this report conveys an important message - that is, to gain public’s trust, police must address people’s basic security needs. This calls for continued police reform and further capacity strengthening for police as well as more effective engagement with other Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and justice institutions to bring about order, justice, rule of law, and peace in the Afghan society”