Current operations

Haiti

Canadian police had participated in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) 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: 90
  • Currently deployed: 40

Ukraine (Bilateral engagement)

Canada supports Ukraine's police reform through the bilateral engagement. Canadian police 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.

Ukraine's police reform efforts are designed to ensure the sustainability of the National Police of Ukraine and transform it 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; build the capacity and effectiveness 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 20 total
  • Currently deployed: 20

Colombia

In the mid-1960s, an armed conflict began between the Colombian government and paramilitary groups known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). These armed guerilla groups have claimed to fight for social justice through communism. This conflict has lasted for over 50 years, and there is now a chance for reconciliation through a peace accord between the Colombian Government and the FARC.

In November 2016, a Final Agreement for Ending the Conflict and Building a Stable and Long-Lasting Peace was signed between the Colombian Government and the FARC. A referendum to ratify the deal in October 2016 was unsuccessful. A revised peace deal was reached in November 2016 and was ratified by the Colombian Congress. This formally ended the conflict. At the request of both the Colombian Government and the FARC, the United Nations Security Council approved a Special Political Mission (SPM) to monitor the ceasefire and the demobilization process. The UN SPM's mandate is to monitor & verify the laying down of arms by the FARC, and the ceasefire & cessation of hostilities with the Government of Colombia.

In July 2016, the deployment of up to 10 Canadian police officers to Colombia was authorized, covering both the UN SPM and a separate bilateral mission.

Details:

  • Participation since: 2016
  • Main language of operation: Spanish
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: up to 10
  • Currently deployed: 1

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.

Canadian police officers are also deployed at the Iraqi National police training academy in the role of advanced police trainers under the command of the Italian Carabinieri Task Force. 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
  • 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.

Details:

  • 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.

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; and,
  • 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
  • Currently deployed: 3

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.

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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