Since their first deployment in 1960, there has been a significant increase in the demand and deployment of United Nations Police. The increase in authorized UN Police also corresponds with an increase in the range and complexity of mandated tasks required of them.
The role of a UN Police officer has grown from simple observation to include executive policing and operational support, reforming and restructuring host State law enforcement agencies, and building capacity so host State police can provide policing services to their communities more effectively. Contemporary UN Police now operate under international Rule of Law and Human Rights frameworks and all of this necessitates additional operational skill sets, including the ability to engage and collaborate with other UN and NGO entities and host State governments. Adding to this complexity is the unique style of policing practised by each police-contributing country, which may conflict with other PCCs that use different terms and language to define tasks.
The 2018 edition of The Role of United Nations Police in Peace Operations translates current UN Police policies into practical and clear guidance that will help UN Police perform their mandated tasks in the field. The course covers the history of UN policing, including synopses of key documents, such as Security Council resolution 2185 on policing in UN peace operations and the report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, and offers an overview of the structure and reporting lines of the UN Police Division and a typical peace operation. Specific chapters cover the four key pillars of the Strategic Guidance Framework: Operations, Command and Control, Administration, and Capacity-Building. The course also examines gender mainstreaming efforts within UN Police; the unique security needs of women and children; cultural considerations; and the role of UNPOL in addressing sexual and gender-based violence, serious and organized crime, and partnerships with other State, regional, and international rule of law institutions. Eight lessons.
COURSE AUTHOR: Detective Superintendent Sue King joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1994. She commenced in-uniform policing and went on to work in the Criminal Investigations Branch, Sexual Assault Unit and Asian Crime Unit. She has investigated war crimes in Timor-Leste and worked with stakeholders in both Australia and Europe to combat organized crime, terrorism, and drug operations. King also worked as the Police Adviser at the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York. She provided advice on peacekeeping, conflict prevention, organized crime, sexual violence, police capacity development, and counterterrorism. King drafted the first-ever UN Security Council resolution on policing, which provides strategic direction and guidance on the role of UN Police in conflict-affected countries. King is also the AFP’s Senior Liaison Officer to Canada and New York.
King has 22 years of diverse policing experience, including in community policing, serious and organized crime, learning and development, emergency management, protection, policy and governance, international peacekeeping, and counter-terrorism. She has worked in Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne and overseas in Europe, Africa, Indonesia, the United States, and numerous countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Number of pages: 143 [English]
Publisher: Peace Operations Training Institute [06-07-18]