Greetings, and welcome to the Peace Operations Training Institute distance training course titled United Nations Police: Restoring Civil Order Following Hostilities. My name is Guenther Freisleben and I am one of the authors of this UNPOL course, together with Peter Heepen. This course is designed for all students who are interested in the roles and duties of UN Police, including current and prospective UNPOL. United Nations Police play crucial roles in UN peacekeeping operations as well as in other UN field missions. They currently participate in 18 different field missions around the globe. Every day, more than 9,000 police officers from 92 countries train local police services, respond to civil disorder, protect local communities, and prevent criminal activities. Therefore, it is important to understand the requirements of an UNPOL officer, as well as the complex mission environments in which UNPOL serve. This course will provide you with that knowledge. If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact me or Peter Heepen via the Student-Teacher Communication Form at our Web site. Thank you for enrolling in Peace Operations Training Institute distance training. We wish you success in your studies of United Nations peacekeeping.