"EUPOL COPPS is the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support" 


Mission background

The EU has been at the forefront of efforts for peace in the Middle East. Its priorities include further strengthening law and order, and in this context, EUPOL COPPS is an important element in the improvement of security in the occupied Palestinian territories. EUPOL COPPS, which started on 1 January 2006, builds on the work of the EU Coordination Office for Palestinian Police Support, established earlier within the office of the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process. This initiative followed the expression by EU leaders in June 2004 of their readiness to support the Palestinian Authority in taking responsibility for law and order and, in particular, in improving its civil police and law enforcement capacity.

Mandate and objectives 
The aim of the Mission is to contribute to the establishment of sustainable and effective policing arrangements and to advise Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law related aspects under Palestinian ownership, in accordance with the best international standards and in co-operation with the EU institution-building programmes conducted by the European Commission and with other international efforts in the wider context of the security sector, including criminal justice reform.

"EUPOL COPPS is an expression of the EU's continued readiness to support the Palestinian Authority in complying with its Roadmap obligations, in particular with regard to ‘security’ and ‘institution building’ (…). Furthermore, the support of the EU to the Palestinian Civil Police aims at increasing the safety and security of the Palestinian population and at serving the domestic agenda of the Palestinian Authority in reinforcing the rule of law."
COUNCIL JOINT ACTION 2005/797/CFSP of 14 November 2005 on the European Union Police Mission for Palestine.
Mission Strategic Objectives 
  1. Support the Palestinian Civil Police Reform and Development.
  2. Strengthen and Support the Criminal Justice System.
  3. Improve Prosecution-Police interaction.
Mission Facts and Figures