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The mandate of United Nations police in the UN Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO)
3 Nov 2017 -  United Nations - Police Commissioner Awale Abdounasir explains the policing mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Based on the mandate, United Nations police assists the government to protect civilians, develops the capacity of the national police (PNC) and strengthens the national capacity to address and respond to serious and organized crime. In addition, the police component in MONUSCO contributes to the Integrated Operational Strategy for the Fight against Insecurity (SOLI) to address insecurity in urban areas, which allows the population to call an Operation Coordination Center to report crimes. To investigate and document human rights violations, the police component can deploy investigators with specialized forensics skills, as well as drones.

The 1,441 UN police officers also develop the capacity of the 148,000 police officers of the national police through trainings, developing their operational capacities and joint patrols and investigations.

United Nations police are deployed in 11 peacekeeping operations, as well as 6 Special Political Missions to help restore confidence in host-State police and rule of law structures and serving to protect civilians, providing electoral and border security and management, limiting the effects of transnational organised crime, investigating and preventing cases of sexual and gender-based violence. Over 12,000 UN police officers from 90 countries serve the United Nations as individual police officers (IPOs), in formed police units (FPUs) or as United Nations staff (P-staff).