UN Police

UN Police (UNPOL) are vital in helping to promote peace and security. Every day, they work to maintain public safety and security within UNMISS protection of civilians sites in accordance with international human rights standards, assisting with a wide range of activities.

The UNMISS UNPOL force comprises total no of 574 IPOs out of which 473 are Male IPOs & 101 Female IPOs coming from 37 Different Nations.

"In addition to protecting individuals, they [UN Police] help society as a whole by redefining the role of policing in countries emerging from conflict, forging trust in uniformed police, establishing faith in national justice systems and fostering confidence in peace processes."

Ban Ki-moon
Former United Nations Secretary-General

Why we are here


UNPOL aims are to:

(a).       Protection of civilians:

(b).       Monitoring, and investigating human rights:

(c).       Creating the conditions conducive to the delivery of humanitarian assistance:

(d).       Supporting the Implementation of the Agreement“(To carry out, within its capabilities)


What we do

Sensitization/Training Support/Community Policing

To support the establishment and operationalization of an inclusive Joint Integrated Police (JIP), in coordination with members of the UN Country Team, by providing training support and advisory assistance, consistent with the HRDDP, including for the development and implementation of a training curriculum and strategic planning;



Protection of Civilians:


To protect civilians under threat of physical violence, irrespective of the source of such violence, within its capacity and areas of deployment, with specific protection for women and children, including through the continued use of the Mission’s Child Protection and Women Protection Advisers;


To deter violence against civilians, including foreign nationals, especially through proactive deployment, active patrolling with particular attention to IDPs, including, but not limited to, those in protection sites and refugee camps, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders, and identification of threats and attacks against civilians, including through regular interaction with civilians and working closely with humanitarian, human rights and development organizations, in areas at high risk of conflict including, as appropriate, schools, places of worship, hospitals, and the oil installations, in particular when the Government of the Republic of South Sudan is unable or failing to provide such security;


To implement a mission-wide early warning strategy, including a coordinated approach to information gathering, monitoring, verification, early warning and dissemination, and response mechanisms, including response mechanisms to threats and attacks against civilians that may involve violations and abuses of human rights or violations of international humanitarian law, as well as to prepare for further potential attacks on United Nations personnel and facilities;


To maintain public safety and security of and within UNMISS protection of civilians sites;


To deter and prevent sexual and gender-based violence within its capacity and areas of deployment, as highlighted in paragraph 41 of the Special Report of the Secretary-General of 10 November 2016 (S/2016/951);


To exercise good offices, confidence-building, and facilitation in support of the mission’s protection strategy, especially in regard to women and children, including to facilitate the prevention, mitigation and resolution of intercommunal conflict in order to foster sustainable local and national reconciliation as an essential part of preventing violence and long-term State-building activity;


To foster a secure environment for the eventual safe and voluntary return of IDPs and refugees including through monitoring of, ensuring respect for human rights by, and where compatible and in strict compliance with the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP), coordination with police services and civil society actors in relevant and protection-focused activities, such as sensitization to issues of sexual and gender-based violence, in order to strengthen protection of civilians;




Where we are

Headquartered in the Capital Juba, South Sudan UNPOL has a presence in all 10 South Sudanese field offices namely Aweil, Bentiu, Bor, Juba, Kuajock, Malakal, Rumbek, Torit, Yambio, Wau including Pibor.