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A Northern Irishman at the head of the EUPOL Copps mission

Ken Deane decorated before his departure from Afghanistan by the Vice-President of the Afghan Republic Ahmed Karim Khalili (credit: EU Council)

(BRUSSELS2) It is a Northern Irishman who takes charge of the European Union Police mission in Palestine (EUPOL Copps). Ambassadors of the European Union's Political and Security Committee (PSC) approved it today (July 3). Kenneth Deane is, however, well versed in European techniques since he was, since May 2010, deputy commander of European Union civil operations (CPCC) after having held the position of head of operations at the same CPCC. Previously, he was Deputy Head and Acting Head of the European Police Mission – EUPOL Afghanistan (from June 2007 to January 2009).

A graduate of Ulster University in police studies (1983-1985), administration and public policy (1987-1992) and Canterbury Christ Church (2001-2003), Ken Deane has spent a good part of his career in Northern Ireland (the former RUC) in Belfast (from 1980 to May 2006) in various operational, training or command positions, rising through the ranks from “constable” to “assistant chief constable” (*). He has mainly been on several sites abroad, first in Iraq at the British consulate in Basrah (February 2004 – September 2004) and, more recently, in Afghanistan: first as chief police advisor at the British embassy. in Kabul (May 2006 to June 2007) then at EUPOL. Palestine is therefore his third duty station, in a rather high-risk area.

(*) A date correction has been made to this information

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).