Police corruption is reported to be a problem in Sudan, according to the US Department of State 2012. Police officers are poorly paid, and many demand bribes in order to supplement their income. Abuse of power and unlawful and arbitrary arrests are not uncommon. For example, the US Department of State 2012 reports that police officers often carry out searches without warrants, in areas with internally displaced people (IDP), searching for brewing of illegal alcohol, and confiscate goods that are unrelated to brewing. It is also reported that police officers extort bribes from illegal alcohol brewers by intimidating them with prison terms. According to the report, when citizens have attempted to complain about police abuse, they have often faced retaliation, and police officers are usually not held accountable for their misconduct.
Moreover, according to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013, a significant number of surveyed Sudanese households perceive the police to be corrupt/extremely corrupt.