International Policing Pool
Stabilisation Unit – Department for International Development
The Stabilisation Unit manages a pool of serving police officers and retired officers who are available for international policing roles and who have the support of their relevant force ACPO. As vacancies within missions become available officers are invited to apply, and if successful are deployed by SU. Vacancies are advertised by a variety of organisations and the terms and conditions can vary.
International Policing demands highly developed skills in communicating and influencing, resilience and managing relationships. Officers deployed abroad carry the reputation of the UK, and this competitive process is designed to select the best the UK has to offer.
How to apply for the International Policing pool
Applicants are recommended to visit the relevant website – www.gov.uk/stabilisationunit (click on the ‘Join the Civilian Stabilisation Group’ link). Any further information can be provided by contacting the Police Function Manager – John Wallace to informally discuss working with the Stabilisation Unit prior to submitting an application, he can be contacted on 0207 008 6956 or by email: J-Wallace@dfid.gov.uk
Application forms can be obtained from the Police Function Manager, completed forms should be returned to that individual. Applications are assessed against the civil service competency framework and selection is in line with the civil service recruitment principles. If successful, applicants will be invited to a competency based competency-based interview and if successful at that stage – will be invited to join the ‘pool’.
Acceptance onto the pool does not guarantee an international deployment. The SU Police Function Manager will however keep all officers updated on upcoming deployments, and helps coordinate security clearances and training.
At the current time the SU are inviting expressions of interest from Chief Inspectors through to Chief Superintendents however female Sergeants and Inspectors are encouraged to apply to support UN and EU objectives in gender representation.
CVs will be assessed against likely vacancies to ensure that there is a realistic chance of achieving a role within a mission. In demand skills include Community Policing, Training, Strategic Planning, CID, Public Order, Counter Terrorism, Organised Crime. Previous international experience and qualifications in Foreign languages (French in particular) are sought.