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Current Operations

Mission duration: Deployments are 12 months in duration unless otherwise indicated.

For police officers: Candidates from municipal and provincial police partner services who are interested in participating in these operations should contact their police service's peace operations coordinator; RCMP members should contact the International Policing Career Development and Resourcing Advisor.

1. Cambodia: ECCC

Three Canadian police officers are working under the auspices to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to investigate crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide committed between 1975 and 1979 during the Khmer Rouge regime.

The ECCC is an ad hoc court established in 2006 following a 2003 agreement between the Cambodian government and the United Nations (UN), to bring to trial senior Khmer Rouge leaders and those most responsible for crimes committed during the regime.

It receives international assistance through the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), and is expected to bring justice to Cambodians, strengthen rule of law in the country and promote national reconciliation.

Approximately half of ECCC personnel are Cambodian government employees, while the other half are international staff employed by the UN.

  • Participation: since January 2015
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: 3

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.

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

  • Participation since 2004
  • Main language of operation: French
  • Armed/unarmed: Armed
  • Authorized deployments: 90

3. Ukraine

Canada is committed to supporting Ukraine's security sector reform. Canadian police deployments are an important part of these efforts, through two operations in the Ukraine, one with the European Union Assistance Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform (EUAM Ukraine), the other directly with the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior and in partnership with the United States to establish a patrol police force.

Through participation in these operations, Canadian police are assisting with reforming front-line police forces in Ukraine as well as providing strategic advice on broader security sector reform, with the long-term goal of contributing to the rule of law, minimizing social unrest, maintaining security and improving the relationship between citizens and police.

The following elements apply to both operations:

  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: Up to 10 total, split between both missions

For more information on Canada's broader response to the situation in Ukraine, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development's website.

a) EUAM Ukraine

EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed civilian mission which provides strategic advice and mentoring to Ukrainian security and related officials. The long-term goal is to develop effective, sustainable and accountable security services that contribute to strengthening the rule of law in the Ukraine for the benefit of all the country's citizens.

The first deployment of two Canadian police officers occurred in late May 2015, with additional deployments anticipated in the late summer/early fall.

b) Patrol Police

Working directly with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior and in partnership with the United States, Canada aims to provide law enforcement training and best practices to a police patrol project using a "train the trainer" approach. Canadian police officers are expected to deploy as a part of this project in the summer of 2015.

4. West Bank


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 build the capacity of the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) as a security force, 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.

  • Participation since August 2008
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: 2

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.

  • Participation since July 2013
  • Main language of operation: English 
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: 1

Specialized Police Postings

5. Italy: United Nations Standing Police Capacity, Brindisi

The transnational organized crime advisor provides advisory support and assistance in the field of combating transnational crime, organized crime, and other emerging crime issues, especially in post-conflict environments.

The incumbent works closely with various international and national actors at HQ and in the field to develop and implement projects and programs, and represents the UN Police in expert forums.

The Standing Police Capacity (SPC) is the rapidly deployable arm of the Police Division. It assists in the fulfillment of the UN Police's strategic mission, which is to build institutional police capacity in post-conflict environments.

  • Participation since April 2014
  • Main language of operation: English 
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Authorized deployments: 1

6. United States

a) Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York

The senior police advisor to Canada's Permanent Mission to the UN in New York (PRMNY) 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.

b) Transnational Organized Crime Advisor with UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations

As part of the Strategic Policy and Development Section within the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the transnational organized crime advisor provides advice and support to the UN's Police Adviser on the issue of organized crime (including drug trafficking) related to police and law enforcement activities in peace support operations countries.

The TOC assists in developing guidelines, strategies and police concepts of operations, conducts assessments of police institutions in conflict and post-conflict areas, and provides strategic guidance to address transnational and organized crime in specific countries.

  • Participation since 2008 for senior police advisor
  • Participation since 2015 for transnational organized crime advisor
  • Main language of operation: English
  • Armed/unarmed: Unarmed
  • Length of deployment: 3 years for the senior police advisor; 1 year for the transnational organized crime advisor
  • Authorized deployments: 2

Other International Opportunities

1. Justice Rapid Response Training

Based in Switzerland, the Justice Rapid Response (JRR) is an intergovernmental facility that 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 (SGBV).

Since 2012, Canada has been invited by Justice Rapid Response (JRR) to nominate candidates to participate in training at various locations around the world to be certified for the roster. 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.

The RCMP will send four candidates to participate in training this year.

2. UN All Female Pre-SAAT Project

Since September 2014, Canadian police have participated as instructors in the United Nations' All-Female Pre-Selection Assistance and Assessment Team (SAAT) training project.

The project provides female police officers who are interested in serving on a UN mission with two weeks of training on skills such as language (English or French), shooting, driving, understanding the UN context, and passing a job interview.

To date, Canadian police have been involved in training nearly 600 candidates in four African countries, improving pass rates from 30% to 90%. The RCMP will continue to support this UN initiative and may seek Canadian female police officers with previous mission experience to join the pool of instructors.

3. Courses for Senior Police Leaders

Management-level candidates interested in participating in the following two courses should advise the appropriate contact (peace operations coordinator for police partners or the RCMP's Executive/Officer Development and Resourcing office). Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

a. Senior Strategic Advisors Master Class

The Senior Strategic Advisors' Master Class on Police Reform in an International and Security Sector Reform Context is a two-week session intended to prepare senior police advisors at the rank of an RCMP superintendent (or other police service equivalent) for strategic-level international deployments by providing them with the skills, knowledge and aptitude to contribute in a positive way to effective and accountable policing.

The Master Class is a joint initiative of policing organizations in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway and Australia.

Canada sends four senior police officers to participate in the sessions that are held once a year in participating countries around the world.

b. UN Senior Mission Leaders Course

Twice a year, Canada is invited by the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Department of Field Support to nominate highly qualified senior candidates (at the ranks of RCMP Chief Superintendent and Assistant Commissioner or other police service equivalent) with strong leadership potential to participate in its Senior Mission Leaders (SML) Course. Candidates must also possess a Masters' degree.

The SML course is designed to prepare senior officers to assume roles and responsibilities within a mission's leadership team, including such roles as Police Commissioner.

Course participants join a pool of officers who can be deployed rapidly to participate in UN missions.