Analysis of proposal for a Police Advisory Committee

01/06/2020 - 31/12/2020

The concept of creating a Police Advisory Committee (PAC) was included as a recommendation in the 2016 external review of the functions, structure and capacity of the UN Police Division. The intent of the structure was to address some of the representational and accountability issues associated with the lower profile nature of the police and justice elements of UN Peace Operations. UNPOL lacked a consistent formal advisory platform to engage with member states and promote the policing issues when required.

ISSAT support was requested:

  1. To conduct a desk-based review of existing literature relating to the Police Advisory Concept and the positioning of policing in the UN system.
  2. To conduct interviews to determine options to address issues with the representation and oversight of policing in the UN system, along with identifying levels of support and potential reform coalitions, from police contributing countries, including ISSAT’s governing board members.
  3. To Propose options for moving forward with PAC building on the findings of 1 and 2.

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