Rose Partners have spent the last 12 months in Libya working for the Ministry of Interior on a program of capacity and capability reform that supports the Minister of Interiors vision of police unification founded on the principles of a community based policing model that delivers safety and security to the people of Libya.

The presence of Rose Partners in Libya provides a unique opportunity for the capabilities and requirements of the MOI to be showcased and heard on the international stage.

The subject matter experts (SMEs) that work for Rose Partners are highly regarded internationally within their areas of expertise. The range of skills and experience within the Team extends from that of the former Commander of London’s Counter Terrorism Policing, the former Chief Constable of a U.K. Constabulary, former Counter Terrorism Liaison Officers, former Officers from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies, former Head of a U.K. Police Training College through to Senior Officers within the U.K. Armed Forces and Special Forces. This team working in collaboration and partnership with the MoI, have been able to assess and understand the current capabilities, capacity and needs of the respective MoI units to which they have been granted access, to determine the strategic needs and priority areas for capacity and capability development. This discovery and design phase has very much been a consultative and trusted partnership engagement with the skilled and knowledgeable experts within the MoI.

All strategies and models not only compliment the foundations within the MoI but also the extensive work carried out by the international community. Rose Partners and its SMEs are acutely aware of not ‘lifting and shifting’ existing models to the countries we are privileged to work within. All strategies, future models and training must be agreed with the host nation and be fit for purpose – supporting the existing frameworks and institutions.

The Rose Partners SMEs have only been able to achieve this ‘trusted partner’ status through working within the very offices of their MoI colleagues, on a daily basis. The team have developed professional working relationships with those we are here to support. This approach has enabled the SMEs to listen to the MoI and then match needs against strategic requirements.

The Rose Partners SMEs sit on various international working groups and regularly engage with their own networks of international stakeholders to highlight the excellent work conducted by MOI policing units and any areas where support is required. This is a vital role given the overwhelming willingness and want of the international community (government, NGO, donor and commercial) to assist the Libyan government and its people. The need for a strategic interlocutor within the MoI that not only understands the needs of the Ministry, but importantly speaks the international language of security and reform, is vital to ensure a coordinated support package based on needs, set against a strategic plan which includes not only a  technical road map but training and mentoring support.

Given the privileged role that Rose Partners has with the MoI, the benefits to this engagement are:

  • International stakeholders understand the ground truth in Libya in terms of security and stability from SMEs in-country, this leads to increased confidence in the MoI amongst the international community
  • International stakeholders understand the true capabilities and capacity of MoI policing units from SMEs in-country, not through, often inaccurate, remote assessments, as are currently carried out. Rose Partners training and mentoring teams are within the MoI every day working within a trusted partnership to ensure a truly collaborative approach.
  • International stakeholders understand the bespoke requirements of MoI policing units in terms of training, leading to the delivery of the right, bespoke training, to the right people, in the right place, using the relevant and required equipment and technology. Currently, generic training is provided abroad and often repeated to the same audience by different donors.
  • International stakeholders understand the bespoke requirements of MoI policing units in terms of equipment and infrastructure, ensuring that fit for purpose equipment is provided by international donors to the right units and that ongoing maintenance and licenses are included
  • Duplication of effort is eliminated through coordination of international stakeholders and the delivery of training and mentoring
  • Current training and mentoring compliments previous training provided by international stakeholders and ensure that MoI policing units are trained to relevant international standards.

All of these benefits lead to the international community having more confidence in returning to Libya, bringing with them investment, jobs and enhanced peace and prosperity for the Libyan people.

With any post-conflict environment, a complete and thorough understanding of the needs of the nation is paramount. This is only achieved by being in country, in their offices, within their communities, on a daily basis. With that access and approach the role is to act as the interlocutor; share the valuable insight, knowledge and needs with the international community to the benefit of the host nation and to those seeking to support its redevelopment and pathway to security.

A prime example of Rose Partners SMEs engaging with international stakeholders is within the area of forensic capability in relation to the mass graves discovered at Tarhouna in June 2020.

The Rose Partners forensic SME has developed strong working relationships with the following international stakeholders and has access to wider audiences through invitations to sit on their working groups:

  • European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM)
    • International Technical Coordination Meeting on Forensics
  • United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
    • International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights Working Group
  • European Union Libya Expertise, Advisory and Deployment (EULEAD)
  • International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) – the excellent work that our SME conducted for the ICMP led them to choosing Rose Partners to facilitate their re-entry to Libya.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
  • US State Department
  • UK National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • UK Counter-Terrorism Policing Liaison Officer (CTPLO)

Internally, the SME has delivered training and mentoring, specific to the mass graves, to staff from the MoI CID Mass Graves Team and the Ministry of Justice Pathology Team and has also developed liaison with the General Authority for Search and Identification of Missing Persons (GASIMP). The SME is able to highlight the excellent work these teams are undertaking under difficult conditions, witnessed first-hand at Tarhouna.

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