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Criminal Justice News Fall 2013 - Vol. 2, No. 2

Marenin attends UN and Global Security Institute workshop in London, UK

GPPCarticle_CumberlandLodge1Cumberland Lodge: built in the 17th century, located in the Great Park, a former royal hunting preserve near Windsor.

 

In October 2013, Dr. Otwin Marenin participated in a workshop organized by the Police Division of the United Nations and the Global Security Institute of Durham University (UK) to discuss a draft of the “Strategic Guidance Framework for International Police Peacekeeping.” The meeting was held at Cumberland Lodge near Windsor, UK. The latest draft is the product of a number of meetings over the last five years in different parts of the world, including Australia, Nigeria, UK, USA, Italy, South Africa, and Sweden. The purpose was to develop a framework for the recruitment, deployment, performance evaluations, and accountability needs of national police who are deployed as part of UN peacekeeping missions.

Currently, each mission has a different mandate on the authority and powers of the police included in each mission. The draft seeks to establish a common framework and mandate which will apply to all missions once it has been approved by the organizational hierarchy of the UN and the General Assembly of all member states. The draft is based on the idea that the UNPOL involved in missions should follow common standards, principles, and strategies specific to international policing forces, which are comprised of police contingents from different countries. Thus, the missions need a common framework on how to work together toward the common goals of establishing an effective and democratically oriented policing system that provides the safety and security for local populations and the state.

This current workshop, like all the earlier workshops, was comprised of members of the Global Police Policy Community (GPPC). The GPPC includes a core group of four scholars (from the USA, UK, and Australia), experienced police officials, leaders of past police intervention teams in peacekeeping missions, and members of the Police Division of the UN, who are supported by other participants specifically chosen for the particular topic for each workshop (e.g., organized crime, or police capacity building). Marenin has been a member of the core group since the beginning of this process.

The next step in the process will be a series of meetings to develop more specific guidance documents for the UNPOL. Topics will include capacity building, (to be addressed in Norway next year), command operations, and accountability mechanisms. “It is interesting work and made more interesting by meeting and connecting with police and scholars and policy makers who have been intimately involved in improving the performance of UNPOL,” Marenin said.

Washington State University