UN Police develops curriculum for future UN Police Commanders

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Brindisi | DPKO

Seventy representatives from fifteen Member States, thirteen UN peace operations and six partner organizations, recently developed a curriculum for future UN Police Commanders at the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi, Italy.

“Effective policing starts with good police leaders. The development of the UN Police Commanders Course is a key milestone for UN police to better serve and protect the population where deployed,” said a United Nations Police Adviser.

The Chief of the Standing Police Capacity (SPC) added that by “having a standardized training, current and future UN Police leaders will be better able to face the challenges of constantly changing contemporary peacekeeping.”

The curriculum development workshop for the training was organized jointly by the United Nations Police Division in the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) and the Integrated Training Service of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET) in DPKO/DFS.

“By developing the Police Commanders Course curriculum we will fill one of the last missing pieces in the senior leadership architecture for peacekeeping and special political missions,” said the Chief of the Integrated Training Services (ITS).

“Coming out of this course we should be able to have people who are proficient in the implementation of the Strategic Guidance Framework for International Police Peacekeeping as well as proficient in thinking about police operations within the broader political context of mandate implementation,” he added.

UN police officers are deployed in twelve peacekeeping missions and in six special political missions. In addition to possessing sound leadership and management skills, UN Police Commanders need to be operationally competent and knowledgeable in UN policing practices that comply with the international criminal justice standards and the Strategic Guidance Framework on International Police Peacekeeping to direct the implementation of mandated tasks.