Detailed information about the UNPOL Training Course

  • Target audience
    This training course is intended for national military and civil police officers, Netherlands non-commissioned officers, and international military and civil police officers (up to the rank of lieutenant colonel or equivalent civil position) who are, or will be, assigned to serve as United Nations Individual Police Officer (UN-IPO) with the United Nations or with another international organisation. The course also accepts instructors from other international schools for peace operations.
  • Course objectives
    Educate and train military and civil police officers to serve as United Nations Individual Police Officers in United Nations peace support operations.
  • Entry requirements
    National driving license. English language proficiency: listening and speaking: good; reading and writing: fair.

Training courses in 2020

UNPOL 2020-1: 18 March-3 April 2020 (20 seats).
UNPOL 2020-2: 23 September-9 October 2020 (20 seats).

  • Invitations: sent via the Defence attaché of your country’s accredited NLD Embassy approximately 4 months before the start of the training course.
  • Location: Netherlands School for Peace Operations, Harskamp, The Netherlands.
  • Duration: 13 days.
  • Methodology: the school uses a mixture of lectures, lessons, demonstrations, exercises, role-plays and discussions to prepare and train students.
  • Course Director: Captain M. Kiekebelt, mobile phone +31 6 53 29 03 59, (when no response: +31 6 30 56 06 69), e-mail:
  • Costs: tickets financed via the Netherlands Defence attaché in your country or region.
  • Priority: a total of 20 seats available per course. Priority for participants from countries engaged in UN peace support operations in Africa (Minusma, Amisom, UNMISS, UNTSO, Unamid, etc.).

Course contents

  • General lectures: course introduction, administration, teambuilding, evaluation.
  • Core pre-deployment lectures: introduction to UN peacekeeping, principles of UN peacekeeping, mandates in UN peacekeeping, how UNPKOs function, international humanitarian law, human rights protection, women, peace and security, protection of children, working with mission partners, conduct and discipline, respect for diversity, intercultural communication, power and ethics, personal security, UN security management system, conduct after capture, health information, stress management.
  • Specialist lectures: community policing, Training of Trainers (ToT), didactics, investigation and verification, mentoring and advising, arrest and detention, crater analysis, ammunition awareness, recognition, DDR, negotiation and mediation, interview techniques and first contact, communication skills in practice, liaison, media relations, reporting, briefings introduction, briefing skills in practice.
  • Additional lectures: observation and monitoring, patrolling, map reading/compass theory, map reading/compass skills in practice, GPS theory, UN communications theory, UN communications skills in practice, gathering and handling information, daily work and life while on a mission, driving skills, investigations, and safety information.
  • 2-3 days of practical training and field exercise.

Contact details

For all information and questions regarding training courses at the Netherlands School for Peace Operations, please contact the Planning and Programming Office at

Visiting address
Generaal Winkelman Barracks
Otterloseweg 5
6732 BR Harskamp
The Netherlands

Postal address
School for Peace Operations
P.O. Box 9
6732 ZG Harskamp
The Netherlands