Head of Mission

Kauko Aaltomaa (Finland) was appointed as Head of the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) on 1 October 2017.

Before joining EUPOL COPPS, Mr. Aaltomaa served as Director General for the Department of Police in the Finnish Ministry of the Interior. Mr. Aaltomaa joined the Finnish Police in 1980 where he, since 1994, has held several senior positions.

Beside his duty as senior police officer, Mr. Aaltomaa has chaired numerous councils, steering groups, working groups, coordination groups etc. related to national and international law enforcement issues.

During his international career, Mr. Aaltomaa has served in the Middle East as Military Observer/Special Investigation Officer in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) (1987-88), as Operations Officer in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (1984-1985) and as Military Observer/Special Investigation Officer in the United Nations Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan (UNGOMAP) (1988).

Kauko Aaltomaa holds a Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki.

Please see the Head of Mission’s full CV here.


Former Heads of Mission

Bo Holtse* Denmark 13 September 2017 - 30 September 2017
Mike Albers* The Netherlands 28 January 2017 - 12 September 2017
Rodolphe Mauget France 17 February 2015 - 27 January 2017
Rodolphe Mauget* France 1 July 2014 - 16 February 2015
Kenneth Deane United Kingdom 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2014
Henrik Malmquist Sweden 1 January 2010 - 30 June 2012
Paul Kernaghan United Kingdom 1 January 2009 - 31 December 2009
Colin Smith United Kingdom 1 January 2007 - 31 December 2008
Jonathan McIvor United Kingdom 14 November 2005 - 31 December 2006