United Nations Police (UNPOL)



The pre-deployment course of the Alioune Blondin BEYE Peacekeeping School is intended for African police officers and gendarmes who are supposed to be deployed as a United Nations police officer (UNPOL) in a United Nations and United Nations peacekeeping mission. 'African Union. It is intended for African police officers of the Police component of the Standby Force.

Course objective:

This two-week pre-deployment training course for the civilian police aims to prepare and enhance the operational efficiency of international police officers who will participate in AU and UN missions in a multinational context. Participants will receive mission-specific information and the skills necessary to fulfill their mandate.

Recreate a context as close as possible to that which awaits participants during a UN peacekeeping mission, while taking into account the challenges that UN police officers must face.

You will thus find:

The course is bilingual (English –French). The content of this course is mainly based on STM and CPTM (2009) both in content and for the referenced material while keeping the originality of the EMP and taking into account its adaptation to African specificities to facilitate its understanding. and its appropriation by Africans: it integrates the following STM and CPTM:

  • UNPOL and different Legal Systems
  • Mentoring and Consulting
  • Human Rights Standards (Arrest and Detention)
  • Conflict resolution / Negotiation-Mediation and use of an interpreter
  • Health / Safety and Protection measure
  • International Rights and Peacekeeping
  • Gender and Child Protection
  • GPS and Orientation
  • Racing
  • Community Police

This course has been designed to integrate activities, simulation exercises, role plays. Participants will work on solving situations using the problem-solving learning method (PRA) in order to support their understanding of these procedures, and to be aware of their roles and responsibilities during the mission. Throughout the course, participants will learn about underlying issues such as culture, gender and vulnerable groups as well as cross-cultural negotiation and communication techniques in order to be better equipped to face their daily mission in strict respect for UN values.

Course duration:

This course is delivered to the Peacekeeping School over three weeks. It is delivered outside over two weeks.

Methodology :

The pedagogical method applied is that of problem-solving learning, which is a participative method which favors group work and uses the knowledge acquired from the participants. This method applies the principles of adult learning, taking into account the following principles:

  • Respect for the adult experience
  • Adults are practical
  • Adults are independent

Pedagogy gives an important place to the exchange of experiences through the study of practical cases in class groups followed by questions, observations and comments which call on both the experience of the participants and that of the facilitator.