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Standing Police Capacity

Standing Police Capacity

The SPC assists in the fulfillment of the strategic mission of the UN Police by providing rapidly deployable, effective, and coherent policing expertise to UN peace operations, post conflict and other crisis situations.

The SPC provides 36 officers with specialist knowledge and experience, including police reform and restructuring, public order, transnational organized crime, community oriented policing, legal affairs, analysis, training, planning, logistics, budget and funds management, human resources, information and communication technology, investigations and gender advisory services. When deployed, SPC staff can serve in multi-hatted functions to:

  • Provide start-up capability for new police components of UN peace operations.
  • Assist existing UN peace operations through the provision of police and other law enforcement advice and expertise, including in preparation for transition and drawdown.
  • The SPC may also conduct operational assessments and evaluations of UN police components as well as other relevant mandated duties as approved by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

In addition to its primary functions, the SPC may also be requested to provide expertise as part of the Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections in the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict and Other Crisis Situations. SPC also receives requests for assistance from intergovernmental and regional organizations, along with Member States that do not have UN missions. Further, SPC may provide training support to Member States or regional organizations and conduct specialized training courses for UN Police officers serving in the field. 

In carrying out its tasks, SPC supports the implementation of today’s often complex policing-related tasks in the broader rule of law and security sector reform context:  integrating human rights into law enforcement; enhancing protection of civilians; preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence; promoting the role of women in peace and security; and building effective, efficient, representative, responsive police institutions.

In Mali, the SPC helped establish the transnational organized crime unit to support Malian security forces in preventing and addressing associated threats. As Police Commissioner for UNSOM (Officer in Charge), SPC contributed to consultations that led to the establishment of the first federal police framework in Somalia. In South Sudan, SPC assisted the police component to develop political, physical and programmatic approaches to Gender and Child Protection.

Further, the SPC has provided assistance to established peacekeeping and special political missions, and UN agencies (UNDP, OHCHR, UNODC) in delivering mandated tasks and in delivering developmental assistance to host-country law enforcement and security services.  

Additionally, SPC provides training assistance through partnership arrangements with the Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) in Italy, the African Union and other partners.