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
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.
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.
OECD-DAC member states have developed their capacities for engaging with S&J work. This includes:
- defining policies (EU/EC, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, UK and US),
- the development of standing capacities (such as the UK stabilisation unit or police deployment capabilities);
- the development of cross–government coordination mechanisms, specific training and funding support.
For many donors, project reporting systems often struggle to articulate the successes and failures of Security and Justice (S&J) programmes beyond immediate outputs. In part, this is because progress in security and justice reform is often lengthy, carried out in very complex contexts, and is very dependent on national political direction from outside the development field.
Nonetheless, many donors have commissioned evaluations and reviews of individual programmes and many examples of good practice exist. Department for International Development (DFID) would like to work with ISSAT to start the process of synthesising these lessons, identifying good practice and helping donors to learn from each other.