Ten fast facts about UN Police week

Date: 
Tuesday, 15 November 2016

New York | DPKO

  1. United Nations Police week concluded its 11th meeting of Heads of UN Police components in peacekeeping operations and special political missions on Friday.

  2. 13,000 police from 86 countries serve in the United Nations world-wide operations and UN Police undertakes capacity-building efforts together with the national police, in support of local authorities.

  3. Find out more about the mandates of MINUSCA, MINUSMA, MINUSTAH, UNAMID, UNMIL, UNMISS and UNSOM by listening to short 2 minute videos.

  4. Today, nearly 1,300 female police officers from 73 countries serve in our peacekeeping operations and special political missions. Police women act as role models for gender equality, inspiring women and girls to advocate for their own rights and pursue careers in law enforcement.

  5. The most senior police woman in United Nations Police, Priscilla Makotose, of Zimbabwe, oversees the largest police component in the African Union – UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur, Sudan, with over 3,000 police.

  6. The most recent peace operation that was established with United Nations Police is the UN Mission in Colombia, employing police as unarmed monitors. 

  7. Heads of Police Components briefed the Security Council on Thursday on the protection of civilians in South Sudan, gender sensitive policing in Darfur, Sudan, on providing safety and security in Mali, as well as capacity building and development in Haiti. Watch video.

  8. The Standing Police Capacity, part of the Police Division, in Brindisi provides rapidly deployable and effective policing expertise to UN peace operations, post conflict and other crisis situations.

  9. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded the week by expressing his sincere appreciation for the valiant effort of UN police to protect civilians around the world: “Building on your essential role in supporting effective political solutions, I envisage a United Nations police that is people-centred, modern, agile, mobile and flexible, rights-based and norms-driven,” he said.

  10. The Police Division is part of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, providing support to build credible national services that provide security and justice as two fundamental ingredients for lasting peace and stability in post-conflict societies.  

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