Document symbol: PK/G/2012.12
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Functions and Organization of the Standing Police Capacity (SPC)
This policy outlines the functions and organization of the Standing Police Capacity (SPC) and supersedes the 2006 policy on the SPC, pursuant to the Report of the Panel of Experts on the Standing Police Capacity’s first year in operation (19 December 2008) and the recommendations set forth in the Secretary General’s Report on the Implementation of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (A/62/627). The SPC assists in the operational fulfilment of the overall UN Police mandate in peace operations, which is to contribute to protecting and serving the population in the area of deployment through support to public order and public safety and support to the development of host-state police capacity to deliver security and access to justice in accordance with international human rights practices, standards and norms. In this way, UN Police contribute to laying the foundation for democratic policing in line with the rule of law, to the peace operation’s overall mandate implementation, and to sustainable peace. In accordance with the Secretary-General’s bulletin on the Organization of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the SPC has the following core functions: - provides the start-up capability for the police component of new UN peace operations - assists existing UN peace operations through the provision of police and other law enforcement advice and expertise.
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