The course aims to prepare law enforcement officials from donor countries to serve in missions abroad as police reform/SSR advisors. The course responds to a need that has been identified by each of the partners, to have police officers with a solid background in SSR issues and working in post-conflict contexts
Whilst many countries have designed and delivered specific training programs to prepare police officers for participation in peacekeeping missions, there are far fewer opportunities to prepare police experts to act as advisors and mentors to reform initiatives in post-conflict and transitional, organisational development contexts. A good advisor/expert requires a different set of skills, attitude and level of knowledge from those needed for traditional and narrowly defined peacekeeping deployments.
The National Police of the Netherlands, together with DCAF/ISSAT took the initiative to further explore this need in 2011 via their partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office and College of Policing and the Norwegian Police University College.
To date 84 delegates from 9 different countries have participated in a Masterclass. Evaluation showed them to have been very successful and alumni of this pilot programme have already made important career moves following the Masterclass.
There is significant ownership by the five policing organisations, who have taken over the roll-out of the course for the long-term. The modules developed will also assist ISSAT in the inclusion of more police reform modules/examples into its Level 2 Advanced SSR training course.
This advanced training is primarily aimed at British Army personnel, with representatives from across Government and some international attendees, who are just about to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral mission to support security sector reform programmes and who are working closely on issues related to SSR such as governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration etc.
The Malawi Policing Programme (PIP) ran from 2013 to 2016 with the objective of enhancing the capacity of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) to deal with public order issues while protecting constitutional rights and to enforce internal accountability of officers.
ISSAT has been requested to conduct a review of the Malawi Policing Programme to assess progress achieved against the programme’s outputs and outcome and inform decisions on potential further support to policing in Malawi, from the UK government or other development partners.
The United Nations - African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has requested DCAF-ISSAT to lead a joint lesson identification on the support provided by the Mission and the United Nations Country Team through the State Liaison Function (SLF) modality in the areas of rule of law and human rights, in the framework of Mission transition in Darfur. This collaborative project between UNAMID, DCAF-ISSAT, OROLSI, OHCHR, and the DPPA-DPO-UNDP Joint Transition Project will document good practice, lessons and innovation deriving from the implementation of the SLF as a new programmatic tool to operationalize a whole-of-system transition. The latter aims to contribute towards sustainable solutions to the critical drivers of conflict in order to avoid relapse, and recognises the need for an inclusive strategy, therefore fostering engagement of the Government, the United Nations country team, civil society partners and international actors to prepare for UNAMID’s envisaged exit.