Vacancies in Overseas Police Forces

James Feldkamp
3 min readApr 28


Multiple opportunities exist for those with a criminal justice background interested in working abroad. Many criminal justice careers offer opportunities to work abroad, from positions in legal attache offices to working with the United Nations human rights team.

The FBI developed the Legal Attache program to coordinate with other governments’ top law enforcement and security agencies. The FBI can fulfill its mandate in criminal justice, foreign counterintelligence, and international terrorism because of this cooperation.

These liaison efforts conform with relevant executive orders, laws, treaties, AG guidelines, FBI regulations, and other interagency pacts. To promote mutual aid in terrorist, criminal, and other investigative problems, they also facilitate rapid and ongoing information sharing with international law enforcement and security authorities.

Legal Attaches not only act as liaisons with foreign governments but also provide training to local law enforcement agencies. Anti-terrorism training, forensics, and cybercrime are just some subjects covered in these seminars. They also facilitate the attendance of foreign police agencies’ middle management at law enforcement academies in the United States and elsewhere, such as the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Nobody does it better when combating international crime and illegal narcotics than the United Nations Office on Narcotics and Crime (UNODC). It has its main Office in Vienna, Austria, and a network of regional branches worldwide.

The group’s mission is to improve Member States’ abilities to combat terrorism and other criminal activity, including organized crime, corruption, and illegal substances. Research and analysis (evidence-based policies), forming international norms and standards, and building capacity through technical assistance are the three pillars upon which the organization stands.

In the framework of United Nations conferences, UNODC also participates in the worldwide issue of drug policy. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is one such organization; it keeps tabs on the global drug issue and recommends how to address it.

UNODC also ensures that international agreements against corruption, terrorism, and organized crime are effectively implemented. For instance, it was instrumental in creating the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols, to that Implementation Review Mechanism.

To head the UN human rights programs and to promote and safeguard all human rights established under the UN Charter and international human rights legislation, the United Nations created the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). To accomplish its objectives, it collaborates with governments globally at every level.

In addition to handling voluntary funds for human rights field missions, OHCHR carries out field activities and operations, offering education, information advisory services, and technical help on human rights concerns at the request of governments.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which succeeded the Commission on Human Rights in 2006, is one of OHCHR’s primary responsibilities. The 47-person committee holds three annual meetings and has the authority to address any human rights concerns.

Each UN member state’s performance in meeting its human rights commitments is assessed through the Universal Periodic Review, which the Council oversees. It identifies violations of human rights and recommends reforms to the affected States.

Regarding legal matters, the UN Secretariat and its main institutions rely on the Office of Legal Affairs to handle everything in one location. In addition, it helps formulate international law and performs in-depth legal research for subsidiary entities formed to advance international law.

Miguel de Serpa Soares, the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel, is now running the Office. The Legal Counsel’s Office, the General Legal Division, the Codification Division, the Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea Division, the International Trade Law Branch, and the Treaty Section make up the six divisions that make up the organization.

Program 4’s Legal Affairs aims to perform the Secretariat’s depositary duties, register and publish treaties, and contribute to the progressive development and codification of international public and trade law. It also aims to promote the strengthening and development of, and the effective implementation of, the international legal order for the seas and oceans. This places a heavy burden on the shoulders of those who form the backbone of the judicial system.



James Feldkamp

Commander James Feldkamp, USN Ret., Feldkamp was a US Naval Flight Officer, Counter-Measures Officer (ECMO), congressional candidate and author of 2 books!