The 77th Brigade UK Army has conducted an “Advanced Training on Security Sector Reform (SSR)” from 25-29 June 2018 at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham.
This five-day intensive residential course has been carried out in collaboration with the International Security Sector Advisory Team of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF/ ISSAT).
This advanced training was aimed at those who are just about to be deployed in support of a bilateral, regional or multilateral mission to support security sector reform programmes. More specifically, the course targets senior practitioners and professionals – including civilian, military and police personnel, as well as civil society representatives and professionals from the private sector – 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 course also targets those involved in programming, programme management, mission conduct and planning and/or in political/ policy dialogue. The organisers intend to select a highly diverse group of participants in terms of professional and organisational background, age and nationality, as well as with regards to gender balance.
ISSAT was requested to provide a Security and Justice Advisor to integrate the UK Stabilisation Unit team carrying out an initial scoping of the Zimbabwean justice and security sector to assess the potential viability of UK provision of support to this area.
Organized by the European Union Police Services Training (EUPST), this course includes several modules covering topics such as the concept and policy framework of SSR, strengthening governance and accountability within the police services, analyzing and designing police support programmes, dilemmas and challenges when supporting police reform etc. Interactive co-learning methodologies and concrete case studies that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.
Support to “Senior Strategic Advisors Master Class on Police Reform in an International and SSR Context”.
In 2010, at the request of the Netherlands, ISSAT was asked to support a group of four police academies to develop a two week training course, targeting mainly (senior) law enforcement officials. The aim of the course is to train these officers on the issues around police reform within an SSR and post-conflict context, and to prepare them to act as police reform advisors within multilateral mission or bilateral support programmes.
The programme is a joint endeavour chaired by the Netherlands in conjunction with Norway, Canada the UK, and Australia - as of 2014. ISSAT will provide advisory support, supply its current SSR training materials and present a module on looking at police reform through an SSR lens. The first course was piloted in September 2011, and a second course took place in 2012, both at Bramshill in the UK. Subsequent courses have been hosted by the Swiss, the Norwegians and the Netherlands. This year’s Masterclass will be hosted by the UK in Scotland.
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.
There is significant ownership by the four policing organisations, which 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.
The course includes several modules covering topics such as the concept and policy framework of SSR, strengthening governance and accountability within the police services, analyzing and designing police support programmes, dilemmas and challenges when supporting police reform. Interactive co-learning methodologies and concrete case studies that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.
The United Kingdom’s Stabilisation Unit has requested the support of ISSAT to design and deliver a training on SSR and Police Reform. This course is part of the UK’s contribution to the European Union Police Services Training group (EUPST). The training will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from 12-18 March 2016. All preparations will be handled by the UK, in collaboration with local partners on the ground. ISSAT will contribute to the design and delivery of the course.
The five-day training will bring together approximately 45 participants from various EUPST member countries/ organisations. Participants will be middle to senior level police officers who are deployed in or have firm intentions to deploy to international policing missions with the European Union, the United Nations or other multilateral, regional or international organisations.