The nature of the international policing tasks and the resource requirements to effectively operate in modern multidimensional Peacekeeping environments are increasingly complex. In this direction, the United States is a strong supporter of police and rule of law in peace operations. A tangible example is represented by the US International Police Peacekeeping Operations Support Program (IPPOS), sponsored by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) – US Department of State.
This program recognizes the critical need for skilled peacekeepers that can provide interim support and assistance to those re-building national institutions in conflict-affected and fragile states that host United Nations (UN) and regional peacekeeping operations.
The IPPOS program provides pre-deployment training and other supports to improve the capacity of police contributing countries to deploy well-trained, well-equipped peacekeepers in a timely manner. Since 2010, INL’s IPPOS program delivered pre-deployment training to Formed Police Units and UN Police Officers in Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nepal, and Jordan; totally 2,033 graduates deployed to UN missions in Haiti, Liberia, and Darfur.
Based on past successful coordination efforts with the Carabinieri Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU), INL proposed continuing collaborative police peacekeeping training efforts in 2016, planning two specific training sections in cross-collaboration. One led by INL with Rwanda and the other by CoESPU with Indonesia.
Rwanda is one of IPPOS’s partners for Formed Police Units (FPU) pre-deployment training. During a recent FPU training, IPPOS instructors identified the need for additional firearms instruction for Rwanda police. As a result, INL developed a 13 day firearms training of trainers course, from 15th to 27th August, 2016, inviting CoESPU to join IPPOS to deliver the course in Rwanda with qualified Carabinieri instructors.
CoESPU accepted the request, sending a special team of instructors specialized in firearms training, including assembly-disassembly, dry fire drills and live fire range set-up. As the only Italian training Centre officially recognized by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the CoESPU considers this event a great opportunity for cross-collaboration in order to share and consolidate common expertise and knowledge as well as to strength the US - Italy partnership in supporting the UN effort in Peace Support and Peacekeeping Operations. An important partnership that, now more than ever, makes the CoESPU particularly proud of the international contribution provided.