Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Police and Peacekeeping in the United Nations
Kenneth C. Payumo
The United Nations (UN) Civilian Police's role in peacekeeping and other UN field missions has become integral to many UN operations. The police contingents participated in 13 different missions around the globe at the end of 2003. At that time, more than 7,000 police officers from 80 countries conducted patrols, provided training, advised local police services, helped develop and ensure compliance with international human rights standards, and assisted in a wide range of other fields. As their deployments are to conflict and postconflict areas, UN Civilian Police help to create a safer environment where communities will be better protected and criminal activities will be prevented, disrupted, and deterred. The diverse national experiences of United Nations Civilian Police officers and their commitment to peace and security are their best tools to promote the rule of law. The mandate of United Nations Civilian Police is different in each mission. In some missions, ...