The EU Mission for the Support of Palestinian Police and Rule of Law

Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission meets with new Chief of Palestinian Police

EUPOL COPPS Head Nataliya Apostolova met today with the new Chief of Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) Major General Yousif Helo, who was appointed this week.

During the fruitful meeting, Mrs. Apostolova together with the Mission’s Head of Police Advisory Section Pasi Aho, congratulated Mr. Helo on the new post and stressed that the Mission stands ready to continue its support to the PCP in all fields of it work to enhance the quality of police services provided to the citizens.

“We will do our best to help you to further improve the performance, “said Apostolova. “We have 24 police experts from different EU member states in addition to Canada who have a long experience in a variety of police work and they are ready to lend support,” she added.

Major General Helo told Apostolova that he and his team would introduce many changes within the PCP and would further enhance the performance of the PCP though a number of procedures, including consolidated police primacy, improved standard operation procedures, enhanced accountability and to decrease time of police response to the needs of the people.

“All these procedures will seek to make the citizens’ needs quickly taken care of by all PCP administrations,” he said. “No one is above the law, me included,” he added.

EUPOL COPPS, which was established in 2006, assists the Palestinian Authority in building its institutions for a future Palestinian state, focusing mainly on security and justice sector reforms, under Palestinian ownership and in accordance with the best European and international standards.