The United Nations and Overseas Policing Association of Australia (UNOPAA) is a social organisation based in Australia. Its members are serving or former police officers of police forces throughout Australia who have or are currently serving with United Nations Peacekeeping Forces or on other overseas police missions or operations. UNOPAA organises social events and promotes the welfare and care of its members.
UNOPAA was previously the United Nations Police Association of Australia (UNPAA). The Association formally changed its name to UNOPAA at the 2012 Annual General Meeting.
The UNOPAA Recognition Review Committee recently completed a Phase 1 Report which has been submitted to the UNOPAA National Executive.
A copy of the Phase 1 Report can be accessed here. It is expected that its recommendations will be endorsed and submitted to the AFP Commissioner in early 2017.
Hobart has been chosen to host UNOPAA's next Reunion and Conference, which is now expected to be held from 21 to 25 October 2017. A planned schedule of events is being developed including participation with the Tasmania Police in National Police Remembrance Day.
After fifty three years of continuous service, the final Australian Police Peacekeeping Contingent will leave Cyprus in June 2017.
To mark this historic event, UNOPAA is calling for expressions of interest from members and other interested parties (including partners and/or family members) who are interested in travelling to Cyprus for a number of planned events associated with the closedown, including a flag lowering ceremony. These are expected to take place in Nicosia on 15 & 16 June 2017.