NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 6 – UN police forces play an increasingly vital role in protection of civilians through community-oriented and intelligence-led policing, assisting the host-State to prevent and investigate organized crime using modern technology, and focusing not only on basic skills transfer but also on strengthening host-State police institutions. “There is an urgent need to provide Un Police the latest equipment to increase situational awareness and be in a better position to respond to threats”, the head of UN Peacekeeping Jean-Pierre Lacroix said on Monday, addressing a UN Security Council briefing chaired by the Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi at the beginning of UN Police Week.
The Council unanimously adopted an Italian drafted resolution to improve the performance of UN Police: “A key to smarter and cost effective peacekeeping for sustainable peace”, Cardi remarked after the vote.The resolution focused on the important contribution that United Nations policing can provide in peacekeeping and special political missions throughout the conflict cycle. The 15-member body, while stressing the primacy of political solutions to conflict, resolved to include, on a case by case basis, policing as an integral part of the mandates and decision-making structures of UN peacekeeping operations and special political missions. Speaking in his national capacity, Cardi recalled the role played by the UN Police Capacity headquartered in Brindisi.
Lacroix stressed the importance of recruitment of more women in UN police forces as a necessary component to better assist the civilian populations, a point on which Cardi, in his national speech, agreed. “The goal is to get to the 20%. We are not there yet”, Lacroix said at the stake-out. Addressing the Council were the police commissioners from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Issoufou Yacouba, the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), Georges-Pierre Monchotte, and the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Priscilla Makotose: “UNAMID police is now 20% made by women, and both males and females are engaged in all kind of duties”, she said underlining the target. “There is no difference between men and women”, Lacroix said at the stake-out. “But it’s true that women in police forces have a very important role because police forces in post-conflict situations play an important task in the interaction with civilians”.
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