Bildet viser FN-politi på Haiti UN Photoo/Pasqual Gorritz

LOCAL TEAM WORK: A new NUPI Working Paper investigates the effect of an innovative approach for UN and local police to combat sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Haiti. 

Re-thinking police work

Published: 8 Jul 2016

A Norwegian-led team of police experts assists the UN peace operation in Haiti and local police to combat sexual and gender-based violence. This represents an innovative and beneficial approach, according to new NUPI working paper.

A new NUPI working paper is out, examining the Norway-led specialized police team (SPT) that has been deployed to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) since late 2010. The objective of SPT is to build the capacity of the Haitian National Police (HNP) to conduct investigations into sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

According to the authors, Dr Marina L. Caparini and Dr Kari M. Osland, the SPT represents an innovative approach to deploying police personnel in UN peacekeeping operations and to building the capacity of host state police.

By providing a closely coordinated team of police experts who work closely with local police in defining, developing and implementing a specific project that is independently funded yet embedded within the UNPOL component, this new deployment mechanism offers several advantages for supporting police and rule of law development compared to the traditional peacekeeping approach that relies primarily on using individual police officers (IPOs) to build police capacity.

Download the working paper here:

MINUSTAs Specialized Police Team to Combat Sexual Violence in Haiti.pdf (1.3 MB)