On EU efforts to help reform the Palestinian Civil Police, read the full report, Policing in Palestine: Analyzing the EU Police Reform Mission in the West Bank, by Madeline Kristoff, SSR Issue Paper, No. 7 - February 2012.
International efforts for security sector reform (SSR) and state-building more broadly, have faced major challenges in the Palestinian Territories. Donor countries struggled to overcome an unwillingness at home to use aid funding for police reform purposes, while managing Israeli obstructionism and security concerns, rivalries between Palestinian police generals and a lack of Palestinian preparedness for the technical and practical aspects of police reform. In this context, the European Union Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EU COPPS) was established in 2005 as an EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) mission; the European Union Police Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL-COPPS), the follow-up EU police mission, began in 2006. The role of EUPOL-COPPS is to provide support to the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) for immediate operational priorities and longer-term transformational change. READ MORE