Brasilia, Brazil (May 17, 2010) – The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) along with the Military Police of the District of Brasilia is holding its first UN Police Pre-deployment (UNPOL) course in Latin America from May 17 to 28 at the Police Academy in Brasilia, Brazil. This is also the first time a course of this kind is offered in English. Upon completion, participants will be able to perform effectively as international police officers participating in UN peacekeeping missions.
“The level of Latin American police contributions to UN Peacekeeping Missions is significantly lower than that of the military; with some countries having no officers deployed,” says Peter Miller, Vice President of Programs at the PPC. “Through this course, we are assisting the Latin America Police Services to increase their number of deployable officers with the skills needed for a UN mission.”
The UNPOL course begins with an introduction to complex peace operations and the role of a United Nations police officer. Other topics covered are: community-based policing, report writing, the United Nations Code of Conduct and dealing with vulnerable groups, which include women, children, the elderly and the disabled.
“We want to open the door for the Latin American police officers, especially women, who want to be deployed into missions,” says Mike Snell, project manager of the LAPCB project. “The English-speaking course not only allows for the participants to share information and to make partnerships with other Latin American countries, but it gives them a chance to practice a language that will help them work with colleagues around the world.”
The Latin America Peacekeeping Capacity Building Project (LAPCB), funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, works in partnership with Latin American Training Centres, especially those in association with La Asociación Latinoamericana de Centros de Entrenamientos para Operaciones de Paz (ALCOPAZ). The project goal is to increase the training centres’ capacity to provide civilian, military and police support for United Nations (UN) peace operations, as well as improve the levels of communication and integration between the Latin American countries they work with.
The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is a Canadian institution dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of international peace operations through research, education, training and capacity building.