The International Police Peacekeeping and Peace Operations Program

The Canadian Police Arrangement

The International Police Peacekeeping and Peace Operations (IPP) Program is administered under the Canadian Police Arrangement (CPA). This Program deploys Canadian police officers from police services across Canada to United Nations peace operations and other stabilization efforts around the world. The CPA is a partnership between Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Public Safety Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Deployed Canadian police support institutional reforms, the re-establishment of the rule of law, and the consolidation of peace among other activities. Supporting the development of professional policing services around the world creates a safer and more stable global environment. Canadian police, in cooperation with international partners such as the United Nations and the European Union, or bilaterally with a host country, pave the way for this long-term development.

More than 4,000 Canadian police officers have participated in over 66 international peace and stabilization missions since 1989.

Helping overseas and helping at home

International policing efforts are an essential part of Canada’s goal of building a more secure world by working to stabilize fragile and conflict-affected states. The international deployment of highly-trained Canadian police officers contributes to reducing crime, instability, and fragility in countries where they are engaged.

Through the IPP, Canadian police officers are currently deployed to Haiti, Iraq, Mali, Ukraine, and the West Bank, as well as to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and a Senior Police Advisor to Canada’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.

Current IPP missions

Current IPP missions

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Canadian police are deployed to Canada’s Permanent Representation to the UN in New York; Haiti; The Netherlands; Switzerland; Ukraine; Mali; West Bank; and Iraq.

Learn more about current operations. Learn about how GAC’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program supports conflict prevention, dialogue, mediation, stabilization, peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery.

As part of its re-engagement with UN peace operations, in November 2017, Canada committed to exploring new police deployments. In January 2019, the first two Canadian police officers joined the UN mission in Mali. Canadian police also serve in the UN mission in Haiti, and the IPP continues to explore opportunities to contribute to other UN missions.

Deployed police officers also improve domestic security in Canada by gaining experience in leadership and mentoring roles, as well as greater cultural awareness. When they return to Canada, their experience can help strengthen relationships in their home communities.

Canada’s police peacekeepers are all volunteers and, for multilateral missions, are selected for service through international competitions. The IPP draws on officers from the RCMP and close to 30 other police services across the country.

Past deployments since 2012 include: Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Côte d'Ivoire, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan and the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

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