As part of our Centre of Excellence Initative, Atlantic Forum has been invited by the Stability Policing Centre of Excellence (SP COE) in Vicenza, Italy to contribute to the 2020 edition of the Stability Polciing Doctrine Forum. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate!

About SP COE
The need for the NATO to be endowed with a military capability of civil police cleared emerged during the SFOR operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1997, the Allied Command Europe identified the so called “security gap” in the field of public order and security

SP is a NATO agreed term: “Police-related activities intended to reinforce or temporarily replace the indigenous police in order to contribute to the restoration and/or upholding of the public order and security, rule of law, and the protection of human rights”.

The NATO SP COE is a multinational military body, whose functioning and relationship are governed by the cited MoU. The COE is manned and funded by Italy, as the Framework Nation represented by the Ministry of Defense, and by the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Poland, Romania, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey. The Lead Service of the Framework Nation is the Carabinieri Corps. The contributing Services of the SN are: the Czech Military Police, the French Gendarmerie, the Greek Army, the Polish Military Gendarmerie, the Rumanian Gendarmerie, the Spanish Guardia Civil, the Royal Dutch Marechaussee and the Turkish Gendarmerie.