The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre through its Latin America Peacekeeping Partnership (LAPP) project is collaborating with Comando Regional de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Mantenimiento de Paz (CREOMPAZ) to hold a workshop from November 29 to December 1 in Coban, Guatemala discussing the cooperation between military and police in peace operations missions.

Anticipating its participation in peace operations, military and police from the Conference of Central American Armed Forces countries will discuss the respective roles of both units and identify ways to facilitate better collaboration between each other.

“As contemporary peace operations become more complex, military and police working together becomes increasingly critical to the success of promoting stability and security,” says Mike Snell, Project Manager of the LAPP project. “Understanding a common objective, the workshop allows discussions that will help plan and conduct peace operations together, rather than in isolation.”

Some topics for discussion include: Integrated Nature of Peace Operations, Roles and Responsibilities of Military and Police in Peace Operations, Military-Police Cooperation and Coordination in Peace Operations, Training Requirements for Enhanced Military-Police Coordination and Cooperation, and National and Regional Training Requirements to Enhance Cooperation.

“We are pleased to co-sponsor this workshop with the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre,” says Infantry Colonel Juan Carlos Quemé Pac, CREOMPAZ Commander. “The interaction between the military and police in this activity will allow participants to reach a better comprehension of the important roles that each component executes in peace operations, in order to work together efficiently based on coordination, cooperation, communication and consensus.”

Following the workshop, an analytical report on the discussions and recommendations will be distributed amongst partners, participants and stakeholders.

In May 2009, during a Pearson Peacekeeping Centre seminar on integrated missions in Chile, participants acknowledged the need for military and police components of the mission to work together better, and also in collaboration with the civilian part of the mission. Since then, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre has held several activities in Latin America to address these issues.

This activity is jointly funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the United States Government through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) from United States Southern Command.

The Canadian-based Pearson Peacekeeping Centre continues delivering its unique programs in capacity building, training and peacekeeping exercises/simulations to contribute to effective international peace and security.