Police Master Class 2016

19/09/2016 - 30/09/2016

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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.

Mandate outputs / products

A two week course, with training materials, PowerPoint and exercises.

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