Peace operations

Canada has deployed police officers to peace missions around the world since 1989. Almost 4,000 Canadian police officers have been to over 33 countries, including Sudan, Kosovo, West Bank, Haiti and Afghanistan. They help rebuild or strengthen police services in countries experiencing conflict or upheaval. Through police participation in these missions, Canada commits to building a more secure world.

Serving on a mission is a unique opportunity for police officers to contribute to public safety in unstable countries. It also allows them to improve their leadership, and problem-solving and intercultural skills. This benefits their police services and the communities they serve at home.

How it works

Requests for Canadian police come from organizations such as the United Nations or from specific countries. The decision to deploy Canadian police is made via the Canadian Police Arrangement (CPA), a partnership between Global Affairs Canada, Public Safety Canada and the RCMP. The goal of the CPA is to support the Government of Canada's commitments to build a more secure world through Canadian police participation in international peacekeeping and peace support operations, which are critical to longer-term security system reform and conflict-prevention efforts.

The RCMP manages the deployment of Canadian police, including:

  • Planning and evaluating missions;
  • Selecting and training personnel; and,
  • Providing support throughout the deployment.

Canadian police personnel deployed abroad come from a wide range of police services, not only the RCMP. These police officers have many roles depending on the mission, including:

  • Training, mentoring and monitoring;
  • Supporting free and fair elections;
  • Investigating human rights violations; and,
  • Responding to humanitarian crises.

Canadian police can also work on specialized teams that focus on areas of:

  • Community policing
  • Management development
  • Serious and organized crime

10th Anniversary – National Peacekeepers' Day

On August 9th, Canada takes time to recognize the outstanding individuals who have taken their law enforcement careers to the next level by serving as peacekeepers. National Peacekeepers' Day is not just about recognizing the service of current peacekeepers, but also to recognize all Canadian police officers who have served and sacrificed on missions overseas.

Since 1989, more than 4,000 Canadian police officers from municipal, provincial and regional forces, as well as the RCMP, have participated in more than 66 peace operations abroad. These officers have established a reputation for excellence in international policing through their expertise, leadership, professionalism and dedication. The skills and leadership they experience on mission come back with them, and is incorporated into the work they do at home in their communities. You can hear it directly from past participants about their experience on peace operations here.

Peacekeepers represent Canada's commitment to building a more secure world. Canadian peacekeepers are trusted by law enforcement communities across the globe and are in high demand due to their expertise and capabilities. Moreover, the RCMP's role in these operations continues to be flexible in order to meet the security needs of the host countries. To be trusted with this responsibility is an honour in itself, and peacekeepers continue to outdo themselves through their outstanding services. Learn more about the experience of police officers who have participated on peace deployments.

Canadian police are deployed to some of the world's most challenging places, responding to humanitarian crises, investigating human rights violations, supporting free and fair elections, and training the local police forces in the service of peace.

On this 10th anniversary of National Peacekeepers' Day, we are reminded of the accomplishments and the sacrifices made by brave men and women in contributing to peace and freedom to the world.

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