This week, the Government Accountability Office submitted a report to the U.S. Congress addressing the foreign aid earmarked for police agencies in nations that deal with terrorism, narcotics trafficking and other criminal activities such as Pakistan. The rationale for such aid is that these terrorists, narco-terrorists and criminal enterprises have an impact on U.S. national security.
Over the past few years, the United States has increased its emphasis on training and equipping foreign police as a means of supporting a wide range of U.S. foreign-policy goals, including countering terrorists overseas and stopping the flow of narcotics to the United States.
Funding for these activities has increased significantly since the GAO last reported on these issues in 1992.
In response to congressional request, GAO analysts estimated the amount of the funding the U.S. government provided for activities to train and equip foreign police, referred to as “police assistance,” during fiscal year 2009. Also, the GAO defined “police” as all law-enforcement units or personnel with arrest, investigative, or interdiction authorities.