Rose Partners Provide a Vital Link with the International Community to the Benefit of the Libyan People

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.

Rose Partners help to build a safe, secure Libya

In early 2020, at the request of the then Minister of Interior for Libya, His Excellency Fathi Bashagha, Rose Partners began to work in partnership with the ministry to define an ambitious programme of security sector reform to help Libya and its people accelerate progress after years of turmoil.

The minister’s vision was for a safe, secure Libya in which peace and prosperity could flourish. The minister placed the safety and security of Libya’s people and infrastructure at the centre of this vision and recognised that reform of the Libyan Police and the MoI are key requirements.

In May 2020, Rose Partners agreed to undertake a 12-month programme to understand, design and deliver organisational reform for the MoI. Rose Partners quickly assembled a team of up to 70 world-class experts and, with support from the MoI, was able, despite a global pandemic and ongoing hostilities, to begin working with MoI colleagues in Libya from June 2020.

Since June, Rose Partners has worked with the MoI to understand how the MoI operates and what challenges it faces. Also to design new ways of operating, which will become the foundations of long-term reform, and deliver a programme of training alongside a suite of written strategies as the blueprints for the changes needed to deliver a modern, world-class police force.

In the last 10 months, Rose Partners and the MoI have made incredible progress. The understand phase was undertaken at pace and, with the Minister and MoI leaders, the design of new structures and strategies and delivery of extensive training started within a few weeks of Rose Partners arriving in Libya. This work has set the MoI on a path towards reform and demonstrated to the world Libya’s long-term commitment to safety and security. The MoI has taken the bold initial steps on a long road and Rose Partners are proud to be sharing this journey.


Rose Partners work with the MoI in Libya

From May 2020 to May 2021 Rose Partners were contracted to deliver:

  • Counter Terrorism Strategy
  • Serious Crime Strategy, incorporating a Counter Illegal Migration Strategy
  • National Intelligence Strategy
  • Comprehensive Training Strategy and Programme
  • Strategic Threat Assessment

In consultation with the MoI, Rose Partners have also agreed to deliver the following extra objectives by May 2021:

  • Design of the future National Police Structure
  • Design and delivery of a Command, Control and Intelligence pilot programme for Police Control Rooms
  • Leadership Programme for 50 senior and mid-ranking MoI leaders
  • Design and delivery of a Supreme Security Room for strategic oversight of priorities and crisis management
  • Design of the Libyan Internal Intelligence Agency
  • Change Management and Mentoring Programme
  • Surveillance Training
  • Strategic review of Explosive Ordnance Detection capability and capacity

Since May 2020 Rose Partners has delivered 68 courses to more than 800 students, covering 12 subjects across an accumulated 50,000 training days. Importantly, the team have been delivering on a diversity and inclusion mandate. As example of this is the first Rose Partners MoI leadership course which had over 40% female representation. This has been championed, supported and celebrated across both the MoI and several key international organisations.

This valuable work is already helping to transform policing in Libya and its extension beyond May 2021 will ensure continued progress towards greater safety and security, improved community confidence, foreign investment and thus prosperity for the people of Libya over many years to come.

Armed Forces Covenant

We’re proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant

Rose Partners is proud to be a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant and we are committed to supporting veterans and their families.

The Covenant is the nation’s vow to support those who proudly serve, or have served, in the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom.

As signatories, we will actively support the Armed Forces Covenant’s pledge to acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities they have served.

‘Two of the three founders of Rose Partners are veterans and the third has supported the Armed Forces community tirelessly,’ explains Founding Partner, Nick Kitson. ‘Rose Partners’ services are heavily dependent on the unrivalled talent and experience drawn from former members of the UK Armed Services, as well as of the Police and other government agencies.

‘Service to our nation and the values it has instilled are in our DNA and make us proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant and everything it stands for. It is our duty, our honour and our pleasure to help this community wherever we can, to give back to the institutions which made us what we are and to support those who have trodden the same paths we have.’

The covenant aims to ensure that all members of the Armed Forces community receive access to the same government and commercial services as any other citizen of theUnited Kingdom, including education and family wellbeing, having a home and starting a new career. It also ensures access to healthcare, financial assistance and discounted services.

As part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, we will continue to develop partnerships with organisations who work with and support the Armed Forces Community. Rose Partners will always support opportunities that help those who currently serve, and their families, to access the help they need, including transition out of the Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Covenant is overseen by the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board and is supported by the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force alongside UK business, local government, charities and communities.

Rose Partners expands client advisory team

Rose Partners expands client advisory team with leading experts in Counter Terrorism policing, forensics and investigations.

Rose Partners has significantly expanded its client advisory team with experts covering a range of fields to support its rapidly growing work in security sector reform and change management.

Dr William Matchett, one of the world’s leading experts on Counter Terrorism policing, joins the client advisory team as it delivers major security sector reform projects in post conflict environments. Now an academic (and Senior Researcher at the Kennedy Institute), author and strategic advisor, William had a 30-year policing career in Northern Ireland, mainly working in Counter Terrorism intelligence. His credentials include advising law enforcement organisations on capability and capacity development in anti-corruption, Counter Terrorism and intelligence-led policing.

Kim Simpson, one of the UK’s foremost experts in explosive forensics, joins Rose Partners with a long career in the investigation of explosives and electronics use in criminal investigations.

Adam Honor, CEO of Rose Partners, said:

“These are very exciting times for the company as we expand our international client operations in the areas of security sector reform and police change management. We are delighted to welcome such a talented group of experts to our client advisory team.”

Clarke Jarrett joins Rose Partners as Group Strategic Director

Rose Partners is delighted to announce the appointment of Clarke Jarrett as Group Strategic Director.

Clarke joins the firm after a long and distinguished career working at the highest levels of strategic Counter Terrorism. He commanded the UK’s largest Counter Terrorism unit, SO15 at New Scotland Yard where he was responsible for the UK’s police Counter Terrorism at home and overseas. He led the UK’s Counter Terrorism response to both the Westminster and Parsons Green attacks and was closely involved in the UK’s strategic response to the Salisbury nerve agent attacks.

He was also responsible for the delivery of Counter Terrorism operations for major events including the 2019 Cricket World Cup and incoming State Visits.

Clarke brings formidable strategic experience to Rose Partners as it continues to expand its international operations in the areas of security sector reform, capacity and capability development. In his new role, Clarke will be responsible for the delivery of the company’s international projects and the company’s growth strategy into new areas of change management and capacity development.

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