Current operations

Haiti

Police officers with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH):

  • Monitor, advise and train the Haitian National Police (HNP)
  • Assess and identify training standards and needs
  • Work in administrative policing positions, such as staffing, public affairs or intelligence

Canadian police have also held key roles within the UN missions in Haiti, including the Canadian police commissioner, deputy commissioner and regional commanders.

  • Participation since 2004
  • Main language of operation: French
  • Armed/unarmed: Armed
  • Authorized deployments: 90
  • Currently deployed: 40

Ukraine

Canada supports Ukraine's police reform through two operations. Canadian police provide strategic advice and hands-on support to the National Police of Ukraine and, through a broader mission overseen by the European Union, assist with reforms to the civilian security sector.

The long-term goals are to:

  • Contribute to the rule of law
  • Minimize social unrest
  • Maintain security
  • Improve the relationship between citizens and police

Canada's response to the situation in Ukraine.

Bilateral engagement

Canadian police work with the National Police of Ukraine. They first began deploying in short-term train-the-trainer roles in July 2015. Longer term deployments focusing on training and community policing began in June 2016.

European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine

EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed civilian mission. It provides strategic advice and mentoring to Ukrainian security officials. The long-term goal is to develop effective, sustainable and accountable security services.

The following elements apply to both operations:

  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: Up to 20 total, split between both missions
  • Currently deployed: 20 between both missions

Iraq

Based in Baghdad, the Ministerial Liaison Team (MLT) focuses on military, police and leadership in fighting terrorism and violent extremist. The purpose is to build capacity in support of current and future operations. Future deployments of Canadian police officers will involve the development of the capacities and training strategies for the Iraqi National Police.

Currently, one senior-level police officer advises the United States Central Command Ministerial Liaison Initiative.

  • Participation since August 2016
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Armed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 20
  • Currently deployed: 3

West Bank

EUPOL COPPS

The European Union Coordinating Office for Palestine Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) assists the Palestinian Authority in the areas of policing and criminal justice.

Deployed police officers assist the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) by advising and mentoring its members, specifically senior officials. In their advisory role, Canadian police assess the training needs of the PCP and assist with training and equipping its members. The aim is to build the capacity of the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) as a security force, based on the principles of democratic policing, neutrality and community service.

  • Participation since August 2008
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 5, in total in the West Bank
  • Currently deployed: 1

Operation PROTEUS/USSC

Operation PROTEUS is Canada's contribution to the Office of the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) in Jerusalem. As part of Operation Proteus, a senior RCMP member works as a police advisor to the USSC team. The USSC encourages coordination on security matters between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and the efforts of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to build security capacity.

Designed to support Palestinian security sector reform, the USSC's mission was established in 2005. It comprises British, Canadian, Turkish and US military and civilian personnel.

  • Participation since July 2013
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 5, in total in the West Bank
  • Currently deployed: 3

Cambodia

Canadian police officers investigate crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide committed between 1975 and 1979, during the Khmer Rouge regime. They are assigned to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a special court set up to bring senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge to trial, as well as those most responsible for crimes committed during the regime.

  • Participation: since January 2015
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 2
  • Currently deployed: 0

Philippines

Through an agreement with the Government of the Philippines, Canadian police are responsible for:

  • Designing, planning, coordinating and implementing policy advice, technical expertise and training,
  • Providing day-to-day support to developing policing options under the Philippine National Police.
  • Participation since October 2016
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 2
  • Currently deployed: 0

Specialized police postings

United States

Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York – Senior Police Advisor

The senior police advisor acts as liaison and advisor on all matters related to Canada's police participation in UN peace operations. Deployed through Global Affairs Canada, the senior police advisor joins police advisors from around the world.

Other international opportunities

Justice Rapid Response Training

Based in Switzerland, the Justice Rapid Response (JRR) manages the rapid deployment of criminal justice professionals from a stand-by roster. Experts from every region of the world are trained in the investigation of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations, including sexual and gender-based violence.

Since 2012, JRR has invited Canada to nominate candidates to be certified for the roster. These candidates train at various locations around the world. The goal of this training is to increase the pool of certified experts available to JRR. Canada is a long-time supporter of JRR and member of the JRR Executive Board.

UN Pre-Selection Assistance and Assessment Team (SAAT) Project

Since September 2014, Canadian police have participated as instructors in the United Nations' Pre-Selection Assistance and Assessment Team (SAAT) training project.

The project provides police officers interested in serving on a UN mission with two weeks of training. They improve their language (English or French), shooting and driving skills. They also learn about the UN context and passing a job interview.

Canadian police have trained nearly 1,000 candidates in eight African countries, as well as in Colombia.

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