Friday, June 3, 2011

Policing Roles

Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) supports promoting effective policing within the UK and abroad by coordinating the provision of support and strategic advice to overseas countries and international organisations.  The types of support include:

  • Peace support operations, including: conflict prevention; post-conflict stabilisation and recovery; peace enforcement and peace keeping.
  • Security and justice sector training, reform and development activities supporting foreign state police agencies and government authorities.
  • The deployment/secondment of police officers and police staff to foreign states and international organisations in order to build relationships and liaison mechanisms which improve police operational capability both at home and abroad.
  • Strategic international engagement, in order to share best practice, develop doctrine and provide networking assistance to UK forces and agencies.

Currently the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) through the Stabilisation Unit and on behalf of HMG supports the secondment of UK police officers to:  

The EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPol Afghanistan)

The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia)

The EU Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq (EUJUST LEX Iraq)

The EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo)

The NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTMA)


What is international policing?

‘UK Police’ is one of the most recognised and highly valued international brands. The police service has a long and successful history of assisting other countries to develop their policing, and restore law and order following conflict.  With the increased danger to the UK from a range of threats such as terrorist groups or failing states, engaging with international organisations/governments works towards reducing harm to the UK. The contributions made by police officers and police staff from UK police forces are widely recognised and valued by international partners as serving officers provide credibility of current working practices and accountability.  The use of serving police officers has both an external and internal benefit.  Externally, developing international working relationships can serve as a foundation for close operational relationships and tackling issues upstream before they hit and affect the UK.  Enabling and allowing UK police officers the opportunity to develop skills in an international setting can improve the quality of UK policing.


What do secondees do?

Policing roles in international missions fall into five main categories:

  • executive policing: EULEX Kosovo is the only mission where the UK contributes to executive policing
  • training: eg. course design and delivery, police duties, use of intelligence, organised crime, human rights, diversity
  • monitoring and reporting: eg. physical security and protection, stabilisation and security environment, governance and rule of law, situation of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), human rights
  • mentoring and advising: eg. organised crime, corruption, criminal intelligence, community policing, training, transparency and accountability
  • programme and project management: eg. strategic intelligence, strategic police training, command & control, leadership, professional standards


Recruitment and Selection

Deployments Team in the Stabilisation Unit (SU) manage a pool of volunteer police officers for deployment to multilateral missions.  UK police officers interested in applying for a role in international policing are asked to complete an international policing application form and a firearms assessment annex.  These forms are returned via an officer’s line manager and HR Unit to Deployments Team.  Applications are reviewed by Deployments Team and suitable officers are held in the pool to await any advertised job roles that matches their skill sets.

In accordance with FCO/ACPO/ACPOS protocols, UK serving police officers are deployed to Peace Support Operations (PSO's) via the Police Effects team within the Stabilisation Unit. Serving police officers / police staff may only deploy to PSO's by this route and cannot apply to be Deployable Civilian Experts or members of the Civil Service Stabilisation Cadre.


Role Selection

Each multilateral mission advertises their vacancies to Member States.  Member States, through their international authority (which for the UK is the FCO), decide which roles they wish to support based on their strategic priorities for that mission.  For policing roles only officers in the pool held by Deployments Team are eligible to be considered.  Deployments team will provide the FCO with suitable candidates who match the skill sets for a given role.  The FCO may decide to interview individuals to determine whether they are a suitable candidate for the UK to nominate to the respective multilateral institution.  The multilateral institution will interview and decide which candidate offered by Member States is suited for the vacancy.


Pre-deployment Training

Successful candidates are required to undertake pre-deployment training prior to deployment which is administered by a Deputy Deployment Manager (DDM) who is responsible for the mission to which they are being deployed.  The DDM will arrange with individuals to undertake a medical assessment, a hostile environment training course and receive a briefing which is facilitated by the SU.  In addition, officers selected to deploy to Afghanistan or Kosovo, they will need to undertake a firearms course.

The SU holds a stock of kit which officers can try on during their pre-deployment phase.  All officers deploying to a multilateral mission that requires a national uniform to be worn will receive a UK international policing uniform prior to deployment.


Tour Length

In accordance with the Association of Chief Police Officer’s (ACPO) policy, all secondments are for 1 year initially.  An extension may be requested but must come from the respective mission authority.  The mission authority will need to produce to Deployments Team a solid operational business case for referral to the ACPO Chief Constable responsible for International Policing. 

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