United Nations Police Adviser
Police Commissioner Faisal Shahkar
The Police Division is headed by a Police Adviser, who is accountable to the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions. The Police Adviser has direct access to the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, when required.
The Police Adviser is responsible for providing advice and support on all policing issues to the Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Operational Support and to heads of police components of operations led by the Department of Peace Operations and missions led by the Department of Political Affairs with police advisory functions.
The Police Adviser may also, as required, provide advice to the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, the Secretary-General and the Security Council through the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, ensuring that such advice and support is fully coordinated with the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions.
The current United Nations Police Adviser and Director of the Police Division is Police Commissioner Faisal Shahkar. He was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in December 2022.