Commissioner's Statement: National Peacekeepers' Day

August 9, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

Statement

Today, on National Peacekeepers' Day, we recognize the significant service and sacrifices of all Canadian peacekeepers. Since 1989, Canadian police have deployed to some of the world's most challenging places in the service of peace, and play an increasingly important role in peacekeeping, stabilization and reconstruction missions.

Canada's policing goals include supporting national and international efforts to reform and build a country's capacity to provide effective, professional and responsive police services to the citizens of fragile and conflict affected states. Currently, 87 Canadian police officers work in Colombia, Haiti, Ukraine, West Bank and Iraq. They work closely with domestic and international partners to rebuild and strengthen police services in countries experiencing conflict or upheaval. They also support local police in building their capacity through training and mentoring. In addition, Canadian police officers have directly supported efforts to prevent, investigate and prosecute Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).

Canada continues its efforts to meet the United Nations' call for member states to deploy 20 percent female police officers to peace operations. In addition, we continue to deploy senior female police officers to various missions in senior roles.

Canadian police make significant sacrifices to serve overseas, living in danger and facing hardships while spending time apart from their loved ones. Today, we are reminded of the accomplishments, and sadly, of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women in bringing the ideals of peace and freedom to the world. National Peacekeepers' Day is an opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifices of thousands of Canadian police who have served on missions overseas in challenging circumstances.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Canadian police officers for sacrificing so much to help keep the peace in troubled parts of the world. I also extend my thanks to their families and loved ones. Their support and understanding are crucial to the success of Canada's police peacekeeping program.

Thank you.

Daniel G.J. Dubeau, D/Commr
Acting Commissioner

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