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Mali

United Nations multidimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali

United Nations multidimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA) supports the implementation of the 2015 peace and reconciliation agreement, contributes to security and the protection of civilians, and assists in the re-establishment of state authority and the rebuilding of the security sector. MINUSMA provides training to both military and civilian security forces, mentorship, as well as directly fulfills police and military functions within Mali.

Details:

  • Main language of operation: French
  • Armed/unarmed: armed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 20 total in Mali

European Union civilian training mission Sahel Mali

European Union civilian training mission (EUCAP) in Mali Sahel-Mali is mandated to provide training and strategic advice to Malian and the security forces of other G5 Sahel states (Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad). EUCAP Sahel Mali also provides capacity building and training to Malian and G5 Sahel civilian security forces (police).

Details:

  • Main language of operation: French
  • Armed/unarmed: armed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 20 total in Mali

Haiti

Canadian police had participated in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (French only) since 2004. That mission officially closed on October 15, 2017.

The United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) started October 16, 2017.

Police officers with MINUJUSTH:

  • Provide mentoring and strategic advice to senior and middle-level Haitian National Police (HNP) management on leadership, investigation skills, gender mainstreaming and Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) services
  • Mentor and assist the HNP to build capacities in police administration (e.g., reform and restructuring, planning, human resources, etc.)
  • Assist with the development and implementation of community-oriented policing strategies, in order to build more trust with local communities

Details:

  • Main language of operation: French
  • Armed/unarmed: Armed
  • Authorized deployments: 35

Ukraine

Bilateral engagement

Canada supports Ukraine's police reform through a bilateral engagement. Canadian police first began deploying bilaterally in short-term train-the-trainer roles in July 2015. Longer term deployments focusing on training and community policing began in June 2016.

Ukraine's police reform efforts are designed to assist the National Police of Ukraine to transform into a modern, accountable and transparent police service founded on internationally recognized standards and best practices, which includes the respect for human rights. The objectives of Canada's bilateral mission are to support Ukraine's police reform efforts by building the capacity, effectiveness and sustainability of Ukraine's police services including developing specialized areas of expertise; and increase awareness of gender and human rights considerations.

Details:

  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: Up to 45 total in Ukraine

European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform

Canadian police are deployed through the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform (EUAM) with the objective to provide strategic advice for the development of effective, sustainable, and accountable security services that contribute to strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine.

The Canadian Police Arrangement will continually assess further opportunities within the EUAM with the goal to secure 2-3 more positions in the near future.

Details:

  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: Up to 45 total in Ukraine

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 strategic policing advisory, the development of the capacities and training strategies for the Iraqi National Police.

Canadian police officers are also deployed at the Iraqi police training academy in the role of basic and advanced police trainers under the authority of the Italian Task Force Carabinieri. The roles are a combination of specialized training development, specialized training delivery, and planning. The thematic areas of focus for this mission are community policing, gender, human rights, or policing of vulnerable populations.

Currently, two senior-level police officers work at United States Central Command Ministerial Liaison Initiative, while one senior non-commissioned officer is deployed to the training academy.

Details:

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

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.

Details:

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

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.

Operation PROTEUS is also embedded in all USSC sponsored training programs for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces (PASF), notably the Palestinian Officer's Academy (POA) in Jericho. This internationally accredited security force/police academy is designed to train young Palestinian officers in basic leadership and security force officer skills over a nine-month period culminating with their commission to the officer ranks of the PASF.

The Academy's instruction is delivered in a combined context of USSC international personnel and PASF instructor personnel. As a secondary duty, the Canadian police officers and other international instructors mentor the PASF instructors to further develop their capacity.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Mentor, train, instruct and advise POA candidates
  • Build the capacity of the PASF instructors
  • Identify training needs and gaps
  • Police leadership expertise
  • Curriculum design and delivery
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and international partners
  • Provide police expertise regarding use of force and de-escalation techniques as well as the command of high risk operational tactics (Operational Incident Command / Emergency Operations Planning)

Details:

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

Specialized police postings

United States

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

The senior police advisor to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York 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.

Netherlands, The Hague

International Criminal Courts, Central African Republic Investigation – Sexual and Gender-based Violence Investigator

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with international crimes. The Central African Republic (CAR) government referred their investigation on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity to the ICC.

Deployed in The Hague, Netherlands, the serving Canadian police officer fills the position of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Investigator. The officer in this role is responsible for conducting interviews with victims and witnesses of SGBV crimes.

Currently, the ICC CAR investigation requires one Canadian police officer to serve on a six-month contract. The RCMP continuously looks for opportunities for Canadian police to expand their assistance in working with international partners.

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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