It seems that many UN member countries would benefit from a increased police support force. For example, Honduras is notorious for its high crime rates.

This is ostensibly the role that UNPOL is supposed to fill. However, as of this post, UNPOL only has about 12k officers, spread across a dozen countries on various peacekeeping missions. For perspective, the USA has nearly 1M police officers.

Since it seems that there exists a need for such a service, but that service is not being filled to the extent that would arguably be warranted, I presume that there exist political barriers to a much larger UNPOL force.

So my questions are:

  1. What political barriers exist in countries like Honduras that might stand to benefit from UNPOL support stemming from, e.g., a disconnect between country policies and UNPOL policies?

  2. What political barriers exist in wealthier member countries and the UN as a whole to provide funding and/or support for a larger UNPOL?

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    Not an answer; but UNPOL participates in peacekeeping missions, which requires approval from the security council. Notice the UN is not a politically strong organization. There is a lot of infighting and concerns about the loss of lives. I think it would require a far more developed organization to do what you seem to be suggesting (see this article). In any case there is already an advisory mission in Honduras. – armatita Jul 25 '19 at 9:54
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    Police perform different functions in different countries. Some countries have multiple policing organisations - the US has federal, State and municipal/county; France has...lots. Different countries have different laws and prioritise different crimes. US Traffic police in the UK would cause riots - we do things in different ways with different expectations on both sides. In other words, police from country A may well be totally ineffective or even counter-productive in country B. – simon at rcl Jul 25 '19 at 13:12
  • How do you propose to come up with a universal definition of "crime"? Or is this UN police force supposed to act as enforcers for whatever the government in power wants? – jamesqf Jul 25 '19 at 16:40
  • @jamesqf, surely there is a middle ground between those two extremes. I think both the Honduran government and other UN members might agree that e.g. "murder" is probably a bad thing. The wiki in the question suggests that only 4% of homicides in Honduras get prosecuted. Possibly "consensus" is a good enough moral compass here. – Scott Jul 25 '19 at 21:12

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