Chief Supol Mrs Phyllis Osei of the Ghana Police Service wins UN Female Police Officer of the year award


Chief Superintendent Mrs Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei of the Ghana Police Service, currently serving with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has won the United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year Award  “for her exemplary work in the field, which has directly and positively impacted the local community and helped to build the capacities of the host state Police in Jubaland”.

The award, presented during a ceremony co-hosted by the United Nations Police Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations on Monday 19th November, 2018, recognised “Her contributions to enhancing the protection of women and girls, as well as her initiatives to promote women rights in the host state Police, embody the spirit of the Award and embrace the values of international policing”.

The UN describes Chief Supol Mrs. Phyllis Osei as an officer who “has been particularly successful at initiating an adult literacy training for 49 female police officers in Jubaland. The training’s overall goal is to improve their literacy and increase their chances for future promotions. She also formed a Female Peacekeeper Network (FPN) within UNSOM and AMISOM to provide support to female peacekeepers”.

United Nations Police Adviser, Commissioner Luis Carrilho, praised the awardee for her exemplary conduct. “Ms. Osei was deployed to Somalia earlier this year in February 2018,” he said. “By April, she had already identified and trained two gender focal points in AMISOM who went onto mentor and advise police officers in the host state Police, thereby contributing to the building of a much-needed capacity. Soon after, Ms. Osei established four gender desks in the host state Police, facilitated a training on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV )and initiated a proposal that called for the establishment of a Police post near the community thus ensuring access for SGBV survivors.”

Mr. Carrilho explains that nominations are requested annually from all peacekeeping and special political missions where UN Police are deployed. Based on criteria for high performance, a selection committee, comprising policing and peacekeeping experts, evaluate the conduct and achievements of the nominees with an emphasis on impact of policing service delivery.

The Award aims to establish a role model for women Police peacekeepers and to promote the UN Secretary General’s Gender Parity Strategy and DPKO’s Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy, through encouraging Member-states to deploy more female Police officers to peacekeeping and special political missions.

Chief Supol Mrs. Phyllis Osei worked in various units in the Ghana Police Service before taking up the appointment at UNSOM and she is generally excellent at what she does. She’s a Psychologist and Counsellor to both Police Officers and victims of abuses. She also worked as the liaison officer at the Joint Operation Centre where she excellently coordinated several special operation duties between the Ghana Police Service and other sister security agencies in Ghana. She is also a trainer and has worked at the Ghana Police Academy as a Lecturer and a Directing Staff at Police Command and Staff College. Chief Supol Mrs. Phyllis Osei’s last assignment in Ghana before taking up UNSOM duties was at the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) where she diligently investigated issues relating to Domestic Violence, particularly against vulnerable women and children.

The Police Administration is happy and proud of Chief Superintendent Mrs Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei and congratulates her for winning United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year Award.