Improving the lives of people in countries emerging from conflict is the goal of police officers serving at UN peacekeeping operations around the world, according to Luís Carrilho, UN Police Adviser and head of the organization’s Police Division, which is hosting the two-day UN Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) in New York. Monica Grayley asked him about some of the main objectives of the summit.
After 14 years of serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), an official farewell ceremony was held on Tuesday in the capital, Monrovia, to honour the last departing Police and Military personnel serving there.
Ten years on, the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (SPC) continues to bolster peacekeeping operations by providing immediate start-up capability and strengthening police components with timely support, advice and assistance.
Briefing the Security Council today, police chiefs from United Nations missions highlighted the work of their respective units and informed the Council members of the challenges their officers face the ground.
United Nations Police (UNPOL) has become a central pillar of the Organization’s peace operations and therefore must be “fit for purpose” to meet the security threats in today’s volatile world, senior UN officials told the first-ever gathering of national police leaders today.