Corruption within the Ethiopian police is considered by citizens to be rampant, and impunity within the police force represents a serious problem. This is also supported by Transparency International: Global Corruption Barometer 2010-2011; according to the report's survey, 34% of the Ethiopian population perceive the police to be corrupt. Accordingly, the US Department of State 2010 reports that corruption remains a problem particularly among traffic police who routinely solicit bribes from motorists.
According to an October 2010 article by Daily Ethiopia, a top sergeant of the federal police was arrested by the Ethiopian Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission for allegedly accusing an Ethiopian woman of terrorism and forcing her to pay her way out of the charges through bribes. The sergeant, who was head of the surveillance department at Bole International Airport, was arrested after being caught taking USD 100 from the woman. The EACC notes that the sergeant had successfully managed to get ETB 10,000 of bribes from unsuspecting women.