EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support: a new Head for the Police Advisory Section
August 17, 2020
Pasi Aho is the new Head of the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS) Police Advisory Section since August 1. “We need to be very creative and flexible – now more than ever,” says Aho. “We are here to support our Palestinian counterparts, and this requires that we step out of our comfort zone. We need to make a ‘new normal’ for routines, and work in shifts – some in the office, some at home, and protect the health of colleagues and the people they come into contact with. In practice, this means that advisers will need to be prepared to cover other areas, not just those in their job description”.
Asked about what advice EUPOL COPPS advisers can give their Palestinian counterparts about fighting Covid-19, Aho so stresses, “We are all facing the same situation – there are the same problems around the world. We don’t have a ready-made model on how to deal with Covid-19 – it’s a learning process. No country has a model”.