Community Oriented Police Course

Community-Oriented Policing is a major strategic innovation in policing in the last 50 years. Its philosophy is widely accepted. Moreover, police in several countries have adopted it in practice. 

DPKO/ Department of Field Support Policy on United Nations Police in Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions obligates United Nations Police to embrace Community-Oriented and Intelligence-Led Policing as its two mutually reinforcing policing philosophies.

Community-Oriented Policing has been adopted by the UN as the model for the reform and reconstruction of policing in peacekeeping for three reasons: 

  • Community-Oriented Policing can increase the crime control and prevention ability of police;
  • Community-Oriented Policing is a powerful tool for gaining the respect of the public, which often declines during periods of conflict or political transition;
  • by gaining the respect of the public, Community-Oriented Policing contributes to the legitimacy of newly formed governments.

Although Community-Oriented Policing is popular among police as a philosophy, its operational programs vary widely. This divergence of views has hampered UNPOL efforts to implement Community-Oriented Policing. 

For this reason, and with close reference to the Strategic Guidance Framework (SGF) for International Policing, the UN has clarified the fundamental principles, concept and approach to Community-Oriented Policing for UNPOL. The UN also developed a manual on Community-Oriented Policing to assist police components in the fulfilment of their mandated Community-Oriented Policing role principally in providing operational and capacity-building support to host-State police and other law enforcement agencies, as well as whenever UNPOL is mandated to undertake interim policing and other law enforcement duties.


The course is designed as a one-week residential activity. The program is divided into ___ effective Training Units (TU) in total. The lessons are organised in academic hours (from 45 minutes) under the principle for 15-minute break/one teaching period. The program includes both frontal lectures and practical exercises.

The working language is English.


The target group for the course are 20/25 Police Officers from national law enforcement organizations, eligible for deployment in UN Peace Operations. Participants should have a good knowledge of the UN peacekeeping environment. Their level should be as much homogeneous as possible in terms of ranks and seniority (officers, NCO’s, troups) in order to facilitate the training and the assessment of the acquirable objectives. 


This course will help equip UNPOL officers with the attitudes, skills, and knowledge needed to fulfil their mandated Community-Oriented Policing role.


The purpose of this course is to: 

  • provide UNPOL officers with an understanding of the fundamental principles, concept and approach to Community-Oriented Policing for United Nations Police;
  • allow for better preparation of UNPOL officers for the challenges they will face once deployed. 


The training covers both theoretical and practical dimensions that are essential to ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of personnel while deployed, building on good practices and lessons learned in mission practice.

Instruction involves interactive sessions and breakout groups, case studies, discussions, group work as well as short lectures by the instructor.


The evaluation of the attendees will be continuous during the course.

At the end of the course, certificates of participation will be issued to the attendees by the organizer of the training activity.

The certificate will be issued in paper or electronic form as a confirmation of the successful participation of the attendees in the course. 


No scheduled edition


FROM19 Jun 2024
TO25 Jun 2024
COP/CB, English
FROM23 Nov 2023
TO29 Nov 2023