UN Police Officers from more than 40 countries are working in partnership with the people and government of Democratic Republic Of Timor Leste and in collaboration with other stakeholders, to restore peace and security, evolve a responsive, humane and professional police service dedicated to improving quality of life, openness and transparency, and promoting safe and secure communities.
Peace, Security, Law and Order
UN Police Mandate
In line with the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1704 (2006) of 25 August 2006, 1745 (2007) of 22 February 2007 and 1802 (2008) of 25 February 2008, the mandate for UNMIT Police is:
Starting 2009, under the UN Security Council Resolution 1867 (2009) of 26 February 2009, the UNMIT police will support the gradual resumption of policing responsibilities by the PNTL beginning in 2009 through a phased approach, while continuing to support the PNTL in the maintenance of public security in Timor-Leste, which includes interim law enforcement and public security until the PNTL is fully reconstituted.
The United Nations Police work with the National Police in all areas of policing. The UNPOL Police Commissioner, who leads the UNMIT Police Component, is supported by the Deputy Police Commissioner for Operations, the Deputy Police Commissioner for Administration and Development, the UNPOL Chief of Staff, the District Commanders and the Four Formed Police Unit Commanders.
The United Nations Police Commissioner for Timor-Leste is Mr. Luis Miguel Carrilho. Mr. Carrilho assumed his duties on 23 February 2009. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Carrilho worked at the office of the President of the Republic of Portugal as the Head of Security, where he was responsible for overseeing the safety and security of the President and his Office. He also served as the Commander of Close Protection of the Security Police in Lisbon, commanding the provision of security protection for national principals and foreign dignitaries visiting Portugal. In the late 1990s, he worked as the Chief of Cabinet of the Director of the Police College in Portugal.
Mr. Carrilho first joined the United Nations in 1996, working primarily on training the civilian police with the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) until 1998. In 2000-2001, he returned to UN Peacekeeping with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). Under UNTAET, Mr. Carrilho served as the Director of the Timor-Leste Police Training College and as Spokesman of the United Nations Police then as the Special Assistant to the United Nations Police Commissioner.
The concept of community policing recognises the need to involve communities in both preventing and solving crime. In Timor-Leste, the United Nations Police have been working with the National Police to develop more community-friendly approaches to policing. In 2009, more intensive training will be provided on how police can work with communities to solve the issues contributing to crime.
There are four specialised Formed Police Units (FPU) comprised of Malaysian, Bangladeshi, Portuguese and Pakistani contingents. Permanently based in Dili, Baucau and Maliana, they are deployed throughout the country for special operations. The FPUs are mandated to provide static security, are dispatched for riot control and deal with civil disturbances. The Portuguese FPU also provide close protection for government leaders and include a water rescue and swat team. They also have specialised capacity to detonate unexploded ordnance.
Border Patrol Units (BPU) are posted in Covalima, Bobonaro and Oecusse to police and secure border areas. Members of the UN Police work with National Officers at the BPUs and collaborate with the TNI (Indonesian military). One of the main tasks of the BPU is to monitor, control and manage illegal immigration.
Arrangement on the restoration and maintenance of public security and on assistance to the reform, restructuring and rebuilding of the Timorese National Police.