The police advisory section in the EUPOLCOPPS mission builds capacity of PCP police personnel. Advisors are in Palestine to support initiatives with their knowledge and experience in policing matters. The advisor section is divided into field advisors and specialist advisors. Specialist advisors focus on a specific branch in the police and mainly operate at the PCP HQ level. Currently, specialist advisers cover areas such as training, command and control, public order and CID. Field advisors mainly operate on the district level. A pair of advisors is normally responsible for 2-3 police districts, out of a total number of 11 districts. Advisers mainly work with the senior management. Previously they have also been responsible for small projects at the district level. Human rights and gender issues are mainstreamed in all projects and activities within the police advisor section as a common priority. Currently, the approach is changing and the field advisers as well the specialist advisers are used more often as experts in various bigger projects on PCP HQ level.
Training advisers work mainly with personnel at the Jericho Police Training School. Advisers are assisting with designing the basic training curriculum and lesson plans and also rehabilitation courses for existing staff in the PCP. The rule of law section works on the legal aspects of training material, and training advisors contribute their input to policing matters: experiences, techniques, best practices, etc.
Training advisers also give their input to UNOPS and the PCP on the construction that is taking place at Jericho Police Training School.
Crime Investigation Department (CID)
The role of CID is to support and assist the PCP “investigative sectors” such as CID (Crime Investigation Department), ANGA (Anti Narcotics General Administration) and IS (Investigation Section) in terms of investigative techniques in different fields of investigations. These include crime scene investigation, seized items - chain of evidence, criminal intelligence led policing, developing professional surveillance capabilities; developing holistic investigative concept; assisting with training advisors in the development of comprehensive in service education for investigators. Advisors give their support to the development of an efficient structure within the PCP and also assist in elaborating proper SOP’s for various fields of work.
HR advisors are working with a project to develop a sustainable and fair human resources system including the following components: career development plan, performance assessment system, recruitment and social welfare. The work concentrates at the PCP HQ level, but the goal is to establish national wide human recourses system to whole Palestine.
After a period of assessment of Palestinian Civil Police Public Order capability, EUPOL COPPS has coordinated the delivery of Public Order Equipment and suitable transportation. A programme of unarmed defensive and control method tactics instruction was delivered to trainers in the 9 Special Police Units deployed and responsible for Public Order in the West Bank. These units now have a total strength currently numbering approximately 1300.
The field advisors are working on a daily basis with their counterparts at the district level. Advice is also provided in meetings with senior management. Field advisors are experts on the situation at the local level and they provide information for projects. The field advisers have also participated in local training and are monitoring the delivery and use of donated property. Currently the expertise of field advisors is used in various projects at the PCP HQ level.