United Nations

UN Police

«The role of UN Police continues to evolve, with an increasing demand for specialized capacities to fulfill mandates to protect civilians, as well as to create or strengthen national capacity to address challenges, particularly those related to community-oriented policing, transnational organized crime and border management. Support for national police development is often central to our ability to hand over security tasks to national authorities.»

Hervé Ladsous
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations


In recent years, the United Nations Police Division has undertaken a number of initiatives to expand and consolidate the role of United Nations Police working in United Nations peace operations.

A group of uniformed officers standing in rows facing three officers.

The Détachement intégré de Sécurité (DIS) in formation for an inspection in eastern Chad. The DIS was created by the Chadian Government and the United Nations Police (MINURCAT) to help secure internally displaced person camps in the eastern part of the country.

International policing is becoming more multi-dimensional as it strives to re-establish the rule of law while providing public safety and security. United Nations Police are working on sexual and gender-based violence in a number of post-conflict settings. They are helping to train national police services. They are helping to reinforce systems that address trans-national crime, and they are working closely with the International Police Organization (INTERPOL), to consolidate lessons learned and define practices of international policing.

The United Nations works closely with many partners, including its Member States, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).

In accordance with the Secretary-General’s Five-Year Action Agenda and relevant Security Council Mandates, the United Nations Police adopted a vision and Multi-Year Vision and Strategy in March 2014, titled: United Nations Police Towards 2020: Serve and Protect to Build Peace and Security.

Upon request of the United Nations Secretary-General the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) presented its report on how United Nations peace operations can be made more effective, efficient and responsive in June 2015 (A/70/95). In his implementation report, the Secretary-General welcomed the progress on the Strategic Guidance Framework, took note of the work on new modalities for planning and recruitment and tasked the Police Division to initiate an external review of its future function, structure and capacity (A/70/357). An independent review team began work in early 2016. Its report will feed into the Secretary-Generals report on United Nations Police, due by December 2016.