- Legal Framework
The UN Police in Cote d'Ivoire went operational on 4 April
2004 within the framework of Security Council Resolution 1528. Its mandate was
modified and reinforced by several subsequent resolutions including Resolution
1765 following thee Ouagadougou Political Agreement (OPA) of 4/3/2007.
UNPOL has a strength of 400 officers from 25 contributing
countries and 750 elements of the Formed Police Unit coming from three
- Presentation of UNPOL, Côte d'Ivoire
UNPOL in Côte d'Ivoire plays a key role in establishing a police
presence throughout the Ivorian territory and in the organization of internal
It equally focuses on the training of members of the local police
and gendarmerie by providing technical advice and expertise in professional
matters. Its mandate allows it to assist in the organization of peaceful and
Assistance in the evaluation of the local police and gendarmerie
Providing guidance for territorial units: joint patrols,
assistance in the execution of daily police duties such as identifying
punishable offences, arrests, hearings and interrogation of suspects.
Training of local police and gendarmes in police science and
judicial procedure; sixteen police officers trained and deployed in other UN
missions. Six hundred defense and security auxiliaries trained in the notion of
community police, public security and deployed in the north of the country to
better discharge their duties of ensuring the free movement of people and goods
Joint patrols with Formed Police Units during community visits.
Participation in arms embargo inspection in the context of the
disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) process.
Providing security for the mobile court hearings.
Support to the reconstruction and socioeconomic development
activities of the country (through UNOCI quick Impact Projects programme,
Following the Ouagadougou
Political Agreement OPA of 4/3/2007, UNPOL became involved in the monitoring of
six mixed brigades created after the substitution of the "Zone of Confidence" by
the "Green Line". These were the mixed brigades of Ngattadlikro, Kopengue,
Famienkro, Bangolo, Bonoufla and Zeale. UNOCI Police was charged with assisting
in the management of security in this part of the territory, a task that was
assigned to the Impartial Forces. A mixed brigade comprised 10 FDS, 10 FAFN and
4 UNPOL elements. In collaboration with the two other forces, UNPOL ensured the
free movement of people and goods, monitored road traffic and carried out joint
patrols in the villages and towns. It also supervised the coverage of mobile
courts, a crucial phase of the electoral process aimed at recording birth
declarations and identifying Ivorian nationals for the purpose of obtaining
identity cards- a precondition for inclusion in the voters register.
- Collaboration with other UNOCI components
UNPOL assists other components of
UNOCI on a daily basis. This is illustrated in its participation in activities
to sensitize the population through public forums, schools caravan organized by
UNOCI Public Information Ofiice PIO during which other sections such as
HIV/AIDS, Gender, Child Protection, Human Rights, Civil affairs, Electoral
assistance, Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration DDR take turns in
informing the public about their mandate and activities. UNPOL also takes part
in inspecting arms embargo sites.
Secretariats of the Commissioner and deputy Commissioner
Office of Chief of Staff: Personnel cell, Logistics, Public
Information, security investigation unit
Reform and restructuring
Abidjan sector: Abidjan post, Abengourou and Abidjan airport.
Sector East, Bouake: police posts: Bouke, Bondodukou, Boun,
Ferkessedougou, Korhogo, Sakassou, Yamoussoukro and Boundiali
Integrated Command centre
Sector West, Daloa: Police posts: Daloa, Bangolo, Bounoufla,
Danane, Duekoue, Man, Odienne, San Pedro, Seguela.
The last police post was inaugurated on 16/6/2008 in
Boundiali to ensure a wide presence throughout the territory.
- Humanitarian Activities:
UNPOL's vision is "to maintain law
and order with a human face." Apart from supporting socioeconomic activities by
donating professional equipment and materials to the Ivorian national police,
UNPOL also makes gifts of food items, school kits to orphanages and the needy,
provide drinking water to the population, conduct free medical consultations and
treatment and rehabilitate certain local police posts.