Toggle navigation menu.
Helsinki Default Banner

Helsinki Commission Hearing Examines International Civilian Police Efforts, Training and Monitoring of Local Police Forces

WASHINGTON – The United States Helsinki Commission will conduct a hearing to examine international efforts to deploy civilian police contingents in post-conflict OSCE regions, and to monitor and train local police for effectiveness in keeping with democratic standards. Efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations will be a central focus of the hearing.

Civilian Police and Police Training in Post-Conflict OSCE Areas
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
385 Russell Senate Office Building

Scheduled to testify:
Steve Bennett, Director, OSCE Kosovo Police Service School
J. Michael Stiers, former Deputy Commissioner, UN International Police Task Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Gerard T. Beekman, Special Assistant to the UN Police Advisor, and former Police Advisor, OSCE Mission to Croatia (to be confirmed)
Robert M. Perito, Senior Fellow in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace at the United States Institute of Peace

International civilian police missions have been deployed under OSCE or UN auspices during the 1990s in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo. Their task has been to support international peacekeeping in areas recovering from conflict while simultaneously undergoing democratic transition.

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, U.S. Air Force General Joseph Ralston recently briefed several Commissioners on the importance of civilian policing, highlighting related needs in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He suggested that enhanced efforts in policing are needed before U.S. military personnel deployed in that country can depart.

Hundreds of American police officers have participated in such missions around the globe. In February 2000, the federal government established an inter-agency effort to replace the ad hoc approach to this growing field of international activity.

International civilian police efforts are expected to cover the gap between multilateral peacekeeping efforts undertaken by military contingents and the need to establish and maintain civilian public order.

Military units are often confronted by civilians but lack the experience or mandate of law enforcement bodies to respond to such situations, yet there has often been little or no alternative in post-conflict areas.

The hearing will examine the successes, problems and lessons learned to date from current policing activities in southeastern Europe, as well as their applicability to new situations, like those in Macedonia and south Serbia, where police reform could lessen tensions and prove critical to rebuilding public confidence.

Other efforts, including the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and bilateral programs, may also be discussed as part of the overall U.S. experience in this area.

Media contact

Filter Topics Open Close

Rescuing Ukrainian Children and Women from Russia...

Jul 26, 2023

Russia’s war has exposed the critical need for U.S. and international action to both save Ukraine’s children and to put in place measures for the future that will protect children, as well as vulnerable refugees around the world, from wartime atrocities and from other threats such as human trafficking. Ukraine’s children are suffering serious injury […]


Supporting A Democratic and Secure Moldova

Jul 12, 2023

In recent years, Moldova has made notable steps to improve its democratic institutions and combat corruption. President Maia Sandu and her Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) have spearheaded wide-ranging reforms and backed a number of high-profile anti-corruption cases. Moldova has also made strides toward greater integration with the European Union (EU). In 2022, the […]

Press Releases

Hearing: Supporting a Democratic and Secure Moldova

Jul 06, 2023

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 2:00 pm Cannon House Office Building, Room 210 Live stream: In recent years, Moldova has enacted numerous reforms under current Moldovan President Maia Sandu to strengthen its democratic institutions, combat corruption and kleptocracy, and integrate with the European Union. In 2022, the European Union granted Moldova “Candidate” status in its […]

Press Releases

Helsinki Commission Announces Hearing on Crowdsourci...

Dec 07, 2022

WATCH LIVE                                                                                                           […]


My “Hell” in Russian Captivity

Sep 15, 2022

Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine include the brutal and unlawful detention of thousands of Ukrainians. At this hearing, Yuliia “Taira” Paievska, a well-known Ukrainian volunteer medic who was detained in Mariupol in March and held by the Russians for three months, testified about her capture, the deplorable conditions of her captivity, the plight of those […]

Press Releases

Ukrainian Medic to Testify on “Hell” in Russian Capt...

Sep 07, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing: MY “HELL” IN RUSSIAN CAPTIVITY Taira Paievska on Russia’s War in Ukraine Thursday, September 15, 2022 9:00 a.m. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 106 Watch live: Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine include the brutal and […]

Press Releases

Helsinki Commission Alarmed By Reported Transport of...

Sep 02, 2022

WASHINGTON—Following reports that the Sparta II, a Russian cargo ship, transported S-300 missile systems through the Turkish Straits, Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Ben Cardin (MD), Co-Chairman Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker (MS), and Ranking Member Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following joint statement: “We are alarmed by Russia’s reported transport of […]

Press Releases

Co-Chairman Cohen Deplores Arrest of Former Yekateri...

Aug 29, 2022

WASHINGTON—Following the arrest of the Kremlin critic and former Yekaterinburg mayor Yevgeniy Roizman, Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman and OSCE PA Special Representative on Political Prisoners Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09) issued the following statement: “The arrest and prosecution of Yevgeniy Roizman is another milestone in the Kremlin’s descent into a full-blown dictatorship. “Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine […]


NATO Refocused, Europe Reinforced

Aug 10, 2022

By Jessika Nebrat, Max Kampelman Fellow​ Following the escalation of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is playing a role it has not filled in years. Forced to reconcentrate its attention to Europe’s defense, NATO allies are demonstrating persistent resolve in countering Moscow’s expansionist tendencies. In doing so, NATO returns to a core […]


Wicker Stands in Solidarity With Russian Dissident

Jul 28, 2022

WASHINGTON – Mr. President, I rise this afternoon to make sure that the plight of Russian leader Vladimir Kara-Murza is not forgotten. That the outrageous imprisonment of Vladimir Kara-Murza by the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is not forgotten. We remember three decades ago what hope we had for a new Russia. Russia entered a new […]

Press Releases

Helsinki Commission Urges Administration to Work to ...

Jul 25, 2022

WASHINGTON—Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Ben Cardin (MD), Co-Chairman Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker (MS), and Ranking Member Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) today released a letter urging the Biden Administration to “use every instrument in our toolbox” to free Russian political prisoner Vladimir Kara-Murza. The letter read in part: “The United States […]


Behind Enemy Lines

Jul 20, 2022

As Russia’s genocidal war against Ukraine continues, Ukrainians in occupied territories are demonstrating courageous resistance in the face of atrocities, deprivation, and forced displacement, the scope and scale of which has shocked the world. This hearing examined the human toll the war is taking on the people of Ukraine. It also underscored the importance of […]