What we Do

Think Tank

The IPC Think Tank is dedicated to the vision of a World without War. Our current main programme centres on Disarmament for Sustainable Development and within this, our focus is mainly on the reallocation of military expenditure. We believe that by reducing funding for the military sector, significant amounts of money could be released for social projects, domestically or abroad, which could lead to the fulfilment of real human needs and the protection of the environment. At the same time, we support a range of disarmament campaigns and supply data on the economic dimensions of weapons and conflicts.

Our 160 member organisations in 20 countries, together with individual members, form a Think Tank, bringing together knowledge and campaigning experience in a common cause. We link experts and advocates working on similar issues in order to build strong civil society movements.

Global Policy Advisory Forum

Global Policy Advisory Forum (GPAF) was established under IPC charter as an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and scrutinizes global policymaking. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law. This initiative aims at keeping the members of global civil society informed about the crucial global negotiations, explore opportunities for participation and lay the basis for a strong presence.

GPAF gathers information and circulates it through a comprehensive website, as well as through reports and newsletters. We play an active role in NGO networks and other advocacy arenas. We organize meetings and conferences and we publish original research and policy papers.

Global Policy Advisory Forum analyzes deep and persistent structures of power and dissects rapidly-emerging issues and crises. GPAF's work challenges mainstream thinking and questions conventional wisdom. We seek egalitarian, cooperative, peaceful and sustainable solutions to the world's great problems.

Programs

GPAF uses a holistic approach, linking peace and security with economic justice and human development. We put our energy into well-focused and unique programs in which GPAF has a special analytical and organizational edge. GPAF's main programs cover currently environment and development concepts and politics, financing for development, tax justice, UN reform, global governance, corporate accountability, peace and security, and food and hunger.

Research & Publications

GPAF does original research in its areas of special concern and publishes each year a variety of reports and major policy papers, shorter specialized texts, statements, and tables and charts. These papers inform the public and at the same time they develop new ideas that are useful to experts and policy makers. Some papers are published in partnership with other NGOs or NGO networks. Over the years, GPAF has published studies on many topics, including: Sustainable development, MDGs, the global financial crisis, tax justice, UN finance, corporate accountability, Security Council reform, sanctions, the Iraq war, and Private Military & Security Companies (PMSCs). Several GPAF reports have been published in other languages, particularly in German, as well as in French, Spanish and Arabic. All GPAF's publications can be accessed on the website.

Conferences, Meetings & Other Events

GPAF organizes a number of public events each year, including workshops, conferences, lectures, and dialogue sessions. These events are opportunities for advocacy and education, but they are also occasions for mutual learning, reflection and deeper understanding of issues. Previous events have covered topics including the Post-2015 development agenda, international tax cooperation, and corporate accountability, transparency in the extractive industry, Security Council reform, sanctions, and UN finance.

Networking:

Global Policy Forum plays an active role in international NGO networks and coalitions, particularly Social Watch and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice. GPAF works together with numerous civil society organizations to provide better research data.

Strategic priorities

The International Police Commission’s Strategic Framework sets the Organization’s priorities and objectives for a given period of time (three years). It provides a focused and effective structure to guide The International Police Commission – IPC programmes and activities during this period and to report progress and successes.

In October 2013, during its 82nd session, The International Police Commission General Assembly adopted the Strategic Framework 2014-2016.

The Framework contains four strategic priorities and two corporate priorities.

These priorities are in line with the Organization’s vision and mission and reflect the dynamic environment and challenges of international policing in the 21st century.

1: Secure global police information system

We run a secure global police information and support system that connects all 190 National Central Bureaus (NCBs), along with other authorized law enforcement agencies and strategic partners, allowing them to instantly access, request and submit vital data.

We are committed to making these tools and services more efficient and effective over the next three years. In particular, we will maintain and reinforce the infrastructure serving all member countries (The International Police Commission – IPC Secure Cloud) while ensuring the widest access possible to its products. We will also focus on the sharing of data and interoperability between The International Police Commission – IPC and other systems.

2: 24/7 support to policing and law enforcement

We provide round-the-clock support and a wide range of operational assistance to our member countries, including emergency and crisis response. We are committed to further improving response times, follow-up and the integrated nature of our response.

Objectives and activities are focused around supporting the development and capacities of our NCBs, the services provided by our Command and Coordination Centre, the development of new investigative expertise, and the deployment of teams specialized in incident response, security issues at major events and the identification of disaster victims.

3: Innovation, capacity building and research

We are committed to enhancing the tools and services that we provide in the area of law enforcement training and to raising standards in international policing and security infrastructures. We remain committed to delivering high-level training and technical assistance, leveraging on law enforcement expertise and resources.

We will develop certification, accreditation and standards on policing and security matters, and support law enforcement in addressing new forms of crimes by providing cybercrime training and digital forensic assistance. In addition, we will seek to increase partnerships, research and innovation on security and give increased focus to capacity building efforts in post-conflict and/or risk areas.

4: Assisting in the identification of crimes and criminals

We provide the highest quality database services, analytical capabilities and other innovative tools to assist in preventing crime as well as assisting in the identification, location and arrest of fugitives and cross-border criminals. We aim to further improve our criminal information databases and better support their integration, along with analytical/investigative methods and mechanisms.

Objectives and activities will centre on improving the quality and quantity of information in our databases, providing operational and specialized investigative support to member countries, developing a global approach to integrated border management, and providing a platform on technologically enabled threats, including cybercrime.

Corporate priorities

5: Ensure organizational health and sustainability

We will strengthen our organizational health and support mechanisms in order to ensure efficient delivery of our core products and services. A key activity in this area will be the implementation of a new The International Police Commission Global Complex for Innovation in USA from September 2014. We are also committed to improving our human resources strategy in order to best attract and retain talent while promoting diversity as one of The International Police Commission’s key strengths. In line with our evolving funding model, we will continue to associate with relevant partners – whether private or public – while ensuring safeguards are in place for the Organization to preserve both its transparency and independence.

6: Consolidate the institutional framework

We recognize the importance of efficient governance mechanisms, the need to develop the strategic and geographical outreach for the Organization, and to find innovative solutions to complement The International Police Commission’s funding. In this context, a comprehensive communication strategy plays a significant role in raising The International Police Commission’s public profile and awareness of the Organization. This institutional effort needs to be supported by solid legal foundations. The International Police Commission will continue to focus efforts on enhancing the legal stability and foundation for its international activities. Finally, The International Police Commission gives further emphasis to the importance of establishing networks of cooperation with other international organizations.

Services and activities:

The IPC strengthens the reactivity and operational effectiveness of the world's police through the following functions:

Assessing all incoming communications and determining the priority level of each message received by the General Secretariat.

Conducting instant checks on all INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION databases; distributing and assigning information; and replying to all urgent queries immediately.

Monitoring open sources in order to assess threats and to ensure the full resources of the Organization are ready and available whenever and wherever they may be needed.

Coordinating the exchange of intelligence and information for important operations, and involving specialist units, regional offices and external partners as necessary;

Issuing alerts and publishing Notices where threats pose an imminent danger. These include Orange Notices to warn police and/or the public about potential threats, and Purple Notices, used to seek or provide information on modes operandi.

Assuming a crisis-management role during serious incidents, such as terrorist attacks, and coordinating specialized assistance in the form of an Incident Response Team. This brings together experts in various fields, such as forensic science, DNA, drugs, and so on.

Deploying support teams at major events with an international implication in order to support national police with security arrangements.

Criminal Intelligence analysis:

Criminal intelligence analysis is an essential component of effective policing, at both the operational and strategic levels.

Analysts study data related to criminals, crime suspects, incidents, issues and trends. By collecting and assessing this data, they can identify relationships or connections between different crimes in different places.

The analysis is then used to provide insights that can drive or support law enforcement investigations, operations and strategy, as well as influencing government policy and decisions.

Main objectives

The central tasks of criminal intelligence analysis are to:

Help officials – senior law enforcers, policy makers and decision makers – deal more effectively with uncertainty and new challenges;

Provide timely warning of threats;

Support operational activities and complex investigations.

Types of analysis:

Criminal intelligence analysis is divided into operational (or tactical) and strategic analysis.

While the basic skills required are similar, the two categories differ with regard to the level of detail and the type of client for whom the products are designed.

Operational analysis aims to achieve a specific law enforcement outcome. This might be an arrest, seizure, forfeiture of assets or money gained from criminal activities, or the disruption of a criminal group.

Operational analytical support includes:

Identifying links between suspects, and their involvement in crimes and criminal activity;

Identifying key investigative or information gaps;

Preparing profiles of known or suspected criminals;

Strategic analysis is intended to inform higher level decision makers, and the benefits are realized over the long term.

The intention is to provide early warning of threats and to support senior decision makers in preparing their organizations to deal with emerging criminal issues. This might include allocating resources to different types of crime, or increasing training in a particular crime-fighting technique.

Strategic analysis includes the identification of:

Modus operandi;

Crime trends and patterns;

Emerging threats;

The potential impact of external factors such as technology, demographics or economics on crime;

Law enforcement support

At INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION, our team of criminal intelligence analysts provides both operational and strategic analytical support to crime-related projects, investigations and operations. This typically includes producing reports focusing on particular regions, crime types or a newly discovered modus operandi.

The analysts also provide consultancy services and training for police in member countries, often as part of larger INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION capacity building programmes on issues such as counter-terrorism or people smuggling.

Additionally, analysts can be deployed in the field to assist police directly with ongoing criminal investigations or operations.

Analytical products

In support of INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION units and law enforcement authorities in member countries, INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION provides a diverse range of analytical products:

Analytical reports;

Threat assessments for regions or specific crimes;

Risk assessments for a particular event;

Intelligence publications (bulletins, monthly reports);

Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management;

INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION Integrated Border Management Task Force:

The Integrated Border Management Task Force (IBMTF) is the central point of contact and coordination for international border-security activities at INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION.

The Task Force supports law enforcement officers working at the frontline of border security by:

Providing them with access to INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION tools and services, delivering capacity building and training courses,

Coordinating operational activities;

The Task Force draws upon expertise across departments within INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION as well as from international partners.

Training and capacity building:

1 Introduction

2 Training activities

Introduction:

Police training plays a key role in INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION’s overall mission to promote international police cooperation.

We help to build the capacity of police in our member countries, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and best practices needed to meet today's policing challenges.

Our wide range of initiatives is designed to bridge the gap between national and international policing and help law enforcement agencies make maximum use of the services provided by INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION.

Partnerships with the public and private sectors ensure the continued relevance of our training courses and access to the latest thinking and expertise.

A comprehensive approach

Operational training courses cover specialized crime areas – such as terrorism, drugs and trafficking in human beings – as well as investigative support tools, such as forensic techniques and the use of INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION’s network and databases.

Other programmes are aimed at senior officers with responsibility for international police cooperation, and who are in a position to bring about change and improvement upon return to their respective administrations.

The INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION Training Quality Assurance (TQA) ensures the effective delivery of training courses. It ensures that General Secretariat training programmes are in line with the necessary standards; that the training cycle is fully respected to reach the best quality; and that resources are used efficiently.

International Central Bureaus (ICBs) are INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION’s link with national police forces and they are increasingly called upon to play a greater operational role as INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION expands the range of its activities. A set of Core Competency Guidelines outline the five main areas of skills and experience required of ICB staff. The guidelines were developed by a group of ICB volunteers representing each of INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION’s regions, together with representatives from the General Secretariat.

We are strengthening our Regional Bureaus (RBs) in support of the ICBs, and in collaboration with regional bodies of chiefs of police and other organizations. Each RB is equipped with modern training facilities, and has a designated Regional Training Officer who coordinates and enhances the regional training services.

The INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION World Training Centre (IPCWTC) is a web-based portal giving authorized users access to a comprehensive range of online learning products. The IPCWTC is aimed at INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION’s International Central Bureaus and the wider police community across the world. Its goal is to encourage the sharing of knowledge and best practice between INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION member countries as well as providing the opportunity for interactive e-learning. The IPCWTC contains a wide catalogue of e-learning courses as well as an online library of resources with a wealth of links to reports, documents and websites of law enforcement organizations. This is complemented by resources from other relevant bodies such as universities, police colleges, academies and training institutions.

Response teams:

At the request of member countries, we can provide specialized teams to assist national police. There are two types of team, each made up of experts in the relevant fields:

1 Incident Response Teams

2 Major Events Support Teams

Incident Response Teams

An INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION Incident Response Team (IRT) is deployed at the request of a member country during a crisis situation. There are two types of IRT:

Disaster – an emergency response to a manmade or natural disaster. The IRT delivers concentrated attention to urgent issues and problems arising from the disaster or crisis, focusing all available INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION resources on the situation at hand.

Crime – the deployment of specialized personnel to assist and support a member country faced with a major or serious police issue. Crime IRTs provide specific expertise and investigative support to police.

An IRT can be briefed, equipped and deployed anywhere in the world within 12 to 24 hours of an incident.

Expert assistance

An IRT is typically composed of expert police and support staff, and is tailored to the specific nature of the crime or disaster and the type of assistance INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSION is requested to provide.

IRTs can provide a range of investigative and analytical support at the incident site in coordination with the General Secretariat, such as:

Issuing international notices for fugitive terrorists whose arrests are sought by member countries;

Database queries of fingerprints to quickly identify suspects;

Access to the database of lost or stolen travel documents;

Money laundering expertise;

Coordination of response to disaster victim identification through a wide network of international experts and laboratories.

The first IRT was deployed in October 2002 to Indonesia following a terrorist bombing in Bali. To date, more than 100 teams have been deployed to countries across the world.

Funding

1 Introduction

2 Member country contributions

3 External funding

4 Foundations for a Safer World

THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION’s principal source of funding is the annual statutory contribution provided by each of the Organization’s member countries. Member countries may also make additional contributions on a voluntary basis, which may be monetary or in-kind.

These member-country contributions, together with other miscellaneous income, form what we call the Regular Budget of the Organization.

Additional resources may also be provided by different donors for pre-determined activities. This external funding is managed separately in a Trust Fund and Special Accounts.

Together, the Regular Budget and the Trust Fund and Special Accounts form the Organization’s Consolidated Budget.

Financial framework and reporting:

THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE COMMISSSION’s financial management is governed by our legal framework: the Constitution, General Regulations and Financial Regulations.

 
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