Current operations

RCMP police officers take part in many operations around the world.
Country/Region Language of operation Armed or unarmed Authorized Police Deployments
Mali French Armed Up to 22
Haiti French Armed Up to 10
Ukraine English Unarmed Up to 45
Iraq English Armed Up to 20
West Bank English Unarmed Up to 7

Other international opportunities include:

Mali

United Nations multidimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali

This United Nations mission (MINUSMA):

  • supports the implementation of the 2015 peace and reconciliation agreement
  • contributes to security and the protection of civilians
  • helps with the re-establishment of state authority and the rebuilding of the security sector
  • provides training to civilian security forces
  • provides mentorship
  • directly supports police and military functions within Mali

European Union civilian training mission Sahel Mali

This mission in Mali provides training and strategic advice to Malian forces and the security forces of other G5 Sahel states (Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad). It also provides capacity building and training to Malian and G5 Sahel (police).

École de Maintien de la Paix Alioune Blondin Beye, Bamako, Mali.

This mission deploys Canadian police to the École de Maintien de la Paix Alioune Blondin Beye (EMP-ABB), a Peacekeeping Training Centre located in Bamako, Mali. The Canadian police:

  • facilitate, support and lead capacity building initiatives in support of security sector reform
  • increase the capacity of the Malian National Police and other police-contributing countries
  • provide mentorship, training, and technical expertise
  • monitor and evaluate training activities

Haiti

Canadian police participated in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (French only) from 2004 to October 15, 2017. The United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) started October 16, 2017 and closed on October 16, 2019.

Currently, Canada supports the Haitian National Police by providing mentoring and strategic advice to senior and middle-level management.

Ukraine

Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine – Bilateral Engagement

Canada supports Ukraine's police reform through a 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 will help the National Police of Ukraine to transform 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 by:

  • building the capacity, effectiveness and sustainability of Ukraine's police services including developing specialized areas of expertise
  • increasing awareness of gender and human rights considerations

European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform

Through this mission, Canadian police provide strategic advice for the development of effective, sustainable, and accountable security services to help strengthen the rule of law in Ukraine.

Iraq

The missions in Iraq are currently being reassessed.

Based in Baghdad, the Ministerial Liaison Team focuses on military, police and leadership in fighting terrorism. The purpose is to build capacity in support of current and future operations. Future deployments of Canadian police officers may involve:

  • strategic policing advisory
  • developing capacities and training strategies for the Iraqi National Police

Canadian police officers may also act as police trainers at the Iraqi police training academy as part of the Italian Task Force Carabinieri. The roles are a combination of:

  • specialized training development
  • specialized training delivery
  • planning

The thematic areas of focus for this mission are community policing, gender, human rights, or policing of vulnerable populations.

West Bank

European Union Coordinating Office for Palestine Police Support

The European Union Coordinating Office for Palestine Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) helps the Palestinian Authority with policing and criminal justice.

Deployed police officers mentor members of the Palestinian Civil Police, specifically senior officials.

In their advisory role, Canadian police:

  • assess the training needs of the Palestinian Civil Police
  • help with training and equipping its members

The aim is to build the capacity of the Palestinian Civil Police as a security force, based on the principles of democratic policing, neutrality and community service.

Operation PROTEUS

Operation PROTEUS is Canada's contribution to the Office of the United States Security Coordinator in Jerusalem. As part of Operation Proteus, Canadian police work as police advisors to the security coordinator team. The security coordinator 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.

Operation PROTEUS also takes part in training programs for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces, notably the Palestinian Officer's Academy in Jericho. Instructors at the academy include international and Palestinian personnel. Canadian police officers and international instructors mentor the Palestinian instructors.

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.

Netherlands, The Hague

International Criminal Courts, Central African Republic Investigation – Sexual and Gender-based Violence Investigator

The International Criminal Court investigates and tries individuals charged with international crimes. The Central African Republic government referred their investigation on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court.

Deployed in The Hague, Netherlands, the Canadian police officer fills the position of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Investigator. The officer in this role is responsible for conducting interviews with victims and witnesses of sexual and gender-based violence crimes.

Other international opportunities

Justice Rapid Response Training

Based in Switzerland, the Justice Rapid Response 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
  • serious human rights violations, including sexual and gender-based violence

Since 2012, Justice Rapid Response 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 Justice Rapid Response. Canada is a long-time supporter of Justice Rapid Response and member of the Justice Rapid Response Executive Board.

UN Pre-Selection Assistance and Assessment Team Project

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

The project provides police officers interested in serving on a UN mission with two weeks of training. They will:

  • improve their language (English or French)
  • enhance their shooting and driving skills
  • learn about the UN context
  • learn about passing a job interview
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