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UNCIVPOL – United Nations Civilian Police

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&t;Civilian Police&t; (CIVPOL or UNCIVPOL) is the UN term for uniformed international police in peacekeeping operations. The term has been chosen to distinguish it from the military police (provost) units normally included in military forces. The term civilian police was coined when in 1964 the new UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) included a police component: 30 police officers per district were attached to the UN force to supervise and monitor the Cypriot police in cases involving inter-community relations, thereby reassuring the population. Recently, the term CIVPOL has been replaced in official UN documents by the term UN Police in part, because civilian police was sometimes misinterpreted to signify plain-clothes men.

Keywords: international police; peacekeeping operations; UNCIVPOL



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