Peace operations

Canada has deployed police officers to peace missions around the world since 1989. Over 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
  • 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
  • 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

Time to grow: Expanding the peace operations program

Did you know that we renewed our participation in the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year? Or that we welcomed new police partner agencies to the Program? This year, we want to highlight the growth of the International Peace Operations Program, despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed.

Welcome civilians

Angela Whyte is a civilian member of the RCMP.

This National Peacekeepers' Day, we celebrate the expansion of peace operations with a first: the first deployment of a civilian analyst to a peace and stabilization operation. Ms. Angela Whyte, a Civilian Member of the RCMP, has deployed to Operation PROTEUS. Her role in the mission is to conduct strategic analysis in support of the RCMP's contribution to the Office of the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) in the West Bank.

"I'm very excited for this new opportunity," says Angela. "I've travelled before with the RCMP, on the Global Initiatives Program as an Analyst Deployed Overseas. But this is different."

Expanding Op PROTEUS

In her past deployment with the Global Initiatives Program as an Analyst Deployed Overseas, Angela had the opportunity to teach.

Op PROTEUS is Canada's contribution to the Office of the USSC. The USSC mission was developed in 2005 to encourage cooperation on security matters between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and to develop security infrastructure in the West Bank.

The Canadian Police Arrangement, a partnership between the RCMP, Public Safety Canada and Global Affairs Canada, has deployed Canadian police to this mission since 2013.

Angela is part of a new expansion to Op PROTEUS. She hopes to use analysis to advance the fields of:

  • peace and security
  • the protection of human rights, and
  • restoration of the rule of law

"This deployment also allows me to get back to my academic roots –conflict studies."

The Ministerial Authorization for CPA deployments to the West Bank increased from seven to twelve to accommodate this additional support to the Office of the USSC. This increase allows flexibility and growth for the mission.

Always growing, always learning

Angela, in her spare time, enjoys hiking and travelling.

"I hope to expand my professional relationships with Government of Canada partners, representatives from the international policing community, and non-governmental organizations," she continues about what she hopes to achieve with this new deployment. "I also hope to enhance my strategic analytical skills by learning from and developing other analysts I meet in the West Bank."

As a trailblazer, she wants other analysts to know that the profession has developed so much over the past twenty years, and continues to grow.

"If the analytical position you want doesn't exist – create it! There are no borders for trained analysts."

Although Angela is the first civilian to deploy as part of the CPA, she will certainly not be the last. Civilian analyst positions are available for other deployment opportunities. Think this is something that interests you?

Read more about deploying on a peace operation.

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