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Current Operations

Mission duration: Most deployments are 12 months in duration.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Haiti: MINUSTAH
  3. West Bank: EUPOL COPPS
  4. United States: Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York

1. Afghanistan

Canadian civilian police (CIVPOL) in Afghanistan train, mentor and advise the Afghan National Police (ANP), primarily at the middle and senior management levels, to increase their capability to provide an adequate level of security and stability within the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Canadian CIVPOL contingent in Afghanistan, guided by a command team at the Embassy of Canada in Kabul, provides its expertise to the ANP in the following niche areas:

  • community policing
  • management and leadership training
  • specialized investigative skills (e.g. anti-corruption, major crime, forensic investigations)
  • Ministry of Interior (MoI) reform

Canadian CIVPOL participate in various operations in Afghanistan, to which the following elements apply:

  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Armed
  • Authorized deployments: 45 total for all operations

a) Embassy of Canada in Kabul

The Canadian Police Commander (CPC), the Deputy Canadian Police Commander (DCPC), and an administrative non-commissioned officer (NCO) are stationed at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.

The CPC provides technical expertise and strategic advice to Canada's Head of Mission on the reform of the Afghan National Police. The DCPC coordinates the day-to-day operations of all Canadian CIVPOL in mission on behalf of the CPC. The administrative NCO provides support and advice to the contingent.

b) EUPOL Mission

The European Union Police (EUPOL) mission works toward the creation of a professional, functional and ethnically balanced Afghan police force under Afghan ownership that respects human rights, operates within the framework of the rule of law and is trusted by and responsive to the needs of Afghan citizens.

Canadian police deployed to EUPOL provide expertise in forensics, training, command and control, human rights and gender issues.

c) NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A)

The NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A) is a US-led military-civilian operation established to reform the Afghan National Security Forces, including the ANP.

Through dedicated training teams, NTM-A efforts focus on ANP reform at the district level and below in order to increase its operational capabilities, survivability, and sustainability.

d) Ministry of the Interior

The Ministry of the Interior (MoI) is responsible for both policy and operational direction for the Ministry and the ANP.

Reform of the MoI, particularly the separation of the political role from the operational police command function, will serve to increase the capacity of the Ministry to provide strategic guidance and policy direction, minimize corruption and political interference, protect the independence and impartiality of police investigations, and strengthen the rule of law.

  • Canadian police participation: since 2010

e) Other international projects

A small number of Canadian police officers are assigned to projects led by the international community in Afghanistan to ensure maximum effectiveness and coordination of policing efforts, such as:

  • the Interagency Operational Coordination Center (IOCC)
  • the International Police Coordination Board (IPCB), and
  • the Major Crime Task Force (MCTF).

2. Haiti: MINUSTAH

Police officers with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are responsible for implementing the UN mandate. They monitor, advise and train the Haitian National Police (HNP), assessing and identifying current training standards and needs.

Police are also assigned to work directly for the mission in administrative policing positions, such as staffing, public affairs, intelligence, etc.

Since the earthquake, Canadian police have demonstrated leadership in working under very challenging conditions, such as those in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.

Canadian police have consistently held key leadership roles within UN missions in Haiti, including Canadian police commissioner, deputy commissioner, regional commanders, etc.

3. West Bank

a) EUPOL COPPS

Established in April 2005, the European Union Police Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) assists the Palestinian Authority in building the institutions of the future State of Palestine in the areas of policing and criminal justice.

The objective is to make the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) into a competent security force of the future Palestinian State, based on the principles of democratic policing, neutrality and community service.

Deployed police officers assist the PCP by advising and closely mentoring its members, specifically senior officials at district, headquarters and ministerial level. In their advisory role, Canadian police assess the training needs of the PCP and assist with mentoring, training, equipping and professionalizing its members.

b) Operation Proteus/USSC

Operation PROTEUS is a Canadian Armed Forces deployment to Jerusalem to support the work of the Office of the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) for Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Under the auspices of Operation Proteus, a senior RCMP member works as a police advisor to the USSC team.

The USSC has a mandate to encourage co-ordination 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 as called for in the Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East Peace Process, the USSC's mission was established in 2005. It comprises British, Canadian, Turkish and US military and civilian personnel.

Specialized Postings

4. United States: Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York

The senior police advisor in New York represents the Canadian police community, acting as liaison and advisor on all matters related to Canada's police participation in UN peace operations.

Deployed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the senior police advisor joins a small but growing team of police advisors from around the world.

  • Participation since September 2008
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Length of deployment: 3 years
  • Authorized deployments: 1
  • http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/

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