The Stabilisation Unit is the UK Government’s centre of expertise and best practice in stabilisation, and home of the Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG). The Unit was set up to respond to the complex challenges of fragile and conflict-afflicted states, and works with countries to enhance their capacity for self-governance. The Unit reports to the Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development, and includes staff from each parent Department.
The UK Police is one of the most recognised and highly valued international brands. The police service has a long and successful history of assisting other countries to develop their policing, and restore law and order following conflict. With the increased danger to the UK from a range of threats such as terrorist groups or failing states, engaging with international organisations/governments works towards reducing harm to the UK. The contributions made by police officers from UK police forces are widely recognised and valued by international partners as serving officers provide credibility of current working practices and accountability. The use of serving police officers has both an external and internal benefit – both through enhanced strategic awareness and partner engagement, and embedding a highly developed awareness of managing diverse communities. Developing international working relationships can also serve as a foundation for close operational relationships and tackling issues upstream before they affect the UK.
The Stabilisation Unit, with the support of the ACPO lead for International Affairs, deploys serving Police Officers on secondment to International Missions, either bi-laterally, through the EU or the UN. These deployments are typically of a years duration (extendable by mutual consent of all interested parties) and the Officers home Police Force are fully reimbursed for the abstraction.
Superintending ranks are in strong demand to fill senior roles within International Policing. The recruiting systems and processes ensure a strong focus on achieving a mutually beneficial deployment, in terms of duration, timing and job role, to minimise disruption to seconding Forces, and to maximise the career benefits to our Officers.
If you are interested in informally discussing these opportunities further then please contact Inspector Jim Atherton via
Further information can be found by following this link: http://www.stabilisationunit.gov.uk/how-to-get-involved/multilateral-deployments/police-roles.html