The purpose of the course is to prepare the participant for a role as an international police peacekeeper in a peacekeeping operation or equivalent so they can work effectively with the outlined objectives according to a United Nations Security Council Resolutions mandate/European Union Joint action or OSCE action plan.
This is a generic preparatory training with the wider perspective of international peace and security in relation to policing, and specifically, how you in your role and task as a competent police peacekeeper can support reformation of the local police in a fragile state and/or a state in a post-conflict environment. Hence, this training will not focus on mission specific issues such as mission specific practical- or security aspects of the work.

The course is directed by the Swedish Police, National Operations Department and conducted in co-operation with SWEDINT.


Target audience

Police officers in preparation for service in a peace support operation or equivalent.

Learning outcome

After the course the student will be able to :

  • Describe vital characteristics and requirements of a police adviser as well as considerations he/she need to make when supporting capacity building of host-state police agencies in line with principles of democratic policing.
  • Explain why the outlined conduct and discipline are seen as essential elements for the UN mission to be successful in the host country.


The learning activities will be conducted through lectures, group work, independent assignment, discussions and exercises.


  • United Nations (2005), United Nations Police handbook, Department of Peacekeeping Operations/Police Divisions, New York.
  • United Nations (2008), United Nations Peacekeeping Operation, Principles and Guidelines, United Nations, New York.
  • Bayley H David (2006), Changing the Guard, Oxford University press, Inc, New York .
  • OSCE (2008) Guidebook on Democratic Policing, 2nd edition, OSCE, Vienna.
  • Polisen (2015), Making Mosaic - A story about picking up pieces, Polismyndigheten, Stockholm.

Student assessment

A written assessment will be conducted in the end of the course. If the participant fails the assessment a reassessment will be given either written or verbal.