Box 7. Creating an effective Palestinian police service
The European Union Police Coordination Office for Palestinian Police is assisting with the creation of a transparent, accountable and effective Palestinian police service, with the various parts of its reform plan funded by different European and non-European governments.
UNOPS is assisting the Police Coordination Office with strategic planning, project development and management advice, construction management, technical engineering and design advice, international procurement, fund management and cash disbursement services.
UNOPS is involved in seven major projects and 27 procurement processes to develop the capacity of the 6,000-strong Palestinian Police Service. These include the construction and refurbishment of the police training facility in Jericho, funded by a consortium of donors, and the construction of the new Jericho Prison, financed by the Government of the Netherlands.
UNOPS is erecting three radio communications towers in the West Bank, funded by the Government of Canada and the European Commission, and upgrading the Palestinian Civil Police vehicle fleet, funded by the Governments of the Netherlands, Norway and the European Commission.
UNOPS has helped establish a training fund to support more than 50 training courses in areas such as criminal investigation, traffic management, Italian language skills for tourist police, and family protection.