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How Many Cops on the Beat?

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The number of Afghan police has shifted constantly over time, hampered by corruption, incomplete statistics and "ghost" officers. The Government Accountability Office has reported that the Pentagon doesn't trust the figures, which come from Afghanistan's Interior Ministry. The ministry "reports the number of police assigned ... these numbers may not be reliable," according to a May 2007 GAO report (PDF). Later that year, the Defense Department conducted a survey and was unable to verify the existence of about 20 percent of police and more than 10 percent of the border police listed on the ministry payroll records, according to another GAO report (PDF).

In any case, here's what the count has been by different groups, inside and out of the federal government:

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