Enhancing Peace and Security in the Eastern Africa Region

UN Police Officers Course

UNPOCThe Police Point of Contact & United Nations Police Officers Course Trainers was held at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, Uganda from  19th – 27th May, 2014.

The aim of the workshop was to maintain enhance liaison and effective communication between National Police Institutions in the Member States and EASF for a Common purpose in PSO trainings and deployments. It also aimed at harmonizing training curricular in all Centres of excellence and incorporate the UNPOC Trainers’ views before publication of the Police Standard Training manuals developed in Bujumbura, Burundi in 2013. 

The workshop was further intended to build capacity for participants to enable them conduct Training Needs Assessments.

Nine of the ten member states of EASF were represented at the workshop and the activities were supported by the Police Programme for Africa funded by the German Foreign Office and implemented by GIZ.

The exchange of information between member states' Police Points of Contact, Trainers and EASFCOM Police Component takes place at least once a year. The agenda in May was focusing on Activity Plan 2014 Orientation, Verification Criteria for IPO and FPU and TNA. 

The Training Needs Assessment Training was provided by two very experienced German Police Trainers who had served in several peace operations. They emphasized the importance of a detailed training system for future police peacekeepers which consists of a generic training (basic course), specialization training (in thematic police subject-matter areas) and specific pre-deployment training (prior to deployment to a concrete peace mission). Police officers selected for EASF peace support operations shall have undergone such training prior to their deployment in order to prepare and qualify them for a successful service delivery.

The workshop was closed by the Director of Interpol, Uganda Police Force who encouraged all present to work tirelessly to ensure that the EASF Region continues to enjoy the existing peace.

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