Did you know it is United Nations Police week?

Date: 
Tuesday, 08 November 2016

New York | OROLSI | Police Division

The 11th Annual United Nations Police week began yesterday and will run until 11 November 2016.

Heads of the police components in peacekeeping and Special Political Missions around the world come together every year to exchange best practices, meet their counterparts at headquarters and discuss the operational requirements and priorities for the 13,000 officers from 86 countries under their command.

2016 has already been a particularly exciting year for United Nations Police with policing becoming more and more central to the effectiveness of peace operations, as the bridge between peace interventions and post-conflict stability, developing effective, accountable and transparent rule of law institutions.

Discussions among heads of UN police components will focus on a number of aspects, including  the independent External Review of Police Division and its far-reaching recommendations, the outcome of the historic United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit that took place in June 2016,  and the report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on United Nations policing.

On Monday 7 November, the Police Commissioners  briefed the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34) from 3-5pm. On Thursday 10 November,  they will brief the Security Council in an open session from 10:00-12:00.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address the Police week on Friday, 11 November. Over the past ten years, he has been a strong advocate of policing, including recruitment of more police women. The SG is expected to unveil his vision for United Nations Police.

United Nations Police advise governments on how to reform host-State police and train police to build and develop their capacity.

Based on the respective Security Council mandate, United Nations police conducts police operations, such as patrols, investigations, protection of civilians and community policing together with national police. They usually support the national police and in some occasion can substitute them.

For more information on United Nations Police, visit: www.un.org/police