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170515spws400NATO leadership joined colleagues from the NATO Military Police Community on Monday, May 15th for the third Stability Policing Concept Development Conference and Workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Stability Policing is a critical capability for missions in collapsed or failing states. This type of policing helps local authorities to restore public order, ensure the security of the local population, counter criminal and terrorist activities and establish the conditions for stable governance and economic development.

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Admiral Manfred Nielson, said, “Stability Policing needs to be executed in all phases of the conflict and by a variety of assets. It is common understanding that Stability Policing activities can support the prevention of crisis escalation or the reignition of combat activities.“

Over the course of four days, the workshop will be carried out in the form of a stress test, with discussions based on scenarios imitating real life situations. The end goal of the workshop is to evaluate NATO’s internal and external coordination requirements and reinforcement missions.

The Stability Policing Workshops have been organized in accordance with the 2016 Warsaw Summit declaration, in which NATO Allies pledged to contribute to the efforts of the international community in projecting stability and strengthening security outside the Alliance’s territory.