Strategic Guidance Framework Curriculum Development

Police peacekeeping training – both pre-deployment and in-mission – plays a particularly vital role in achieving greater coherence. As underlined in the Policy on United Nations Police (2014.01), the multinational nature of United Nations policing indicates that it represents the world community of states rather than the interests of any one nation.

However, while this wealth of experience enriches United Nations police components, it has also been a persistent challenge for the cohesion and continuity of effort, especially in relation to translating standards, rules, and good practice into coherent action through standardised and systematic pre- and in-mission training.

United Nations Police Division and DPKO’s Integrated Training Service are keen to co-operate with Member States in translating existing guidance and standards into training curricula and in nurturing a cadre of high-quality trainers, both male and female, to cascade UNPOL training in English and French for future peacekeepers. In reaching this goal, the Police Division’s intention is to ensure a sense of ownership and acceptance of the curricula amongst Member States as well as to benefit from the diversity of training methodologies found in Member State training institutions.

To this end, the Police Division will seek to establish Curriculum Development Groups (CDGs) comprised of curriculum development specialists nominated by Member States with due regard to geographical and gender diversity. These CDGs will be tasked with developing training curricula only on particular subjects which are supported by formally approved guidance materials; for example, the SGF Manual on Community-Oriented Policing.

The Police Division will manage the CDG discussions and either collate and edit text submitted by Member State experts, or draft the documents itself based on expert input. Workshops of experts are not explicitly envisaged at this time, but may be scheduled if and when one or more Member States are particularly interested in supporting a topic and are willing to sponsor such meetings.