The International peacekeeping missions in which Swiss police are involved require specialists from different police units and from the border police. When abroad, these experts report to the UN or European organisations. They operate at different hierarchical levels, depending on whether they are on the field or not, for example for training.
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is responsible for these international missions. It carries out this task in cooperation with the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) and particularly with the management of the International Affairs section of the Federal Customs Administration, which is responsible to it for the selection and for the experts from this administration.
The permitted maximum CIVPOL contingent is 30 persons, police officers or border police. On average 40% of the contingent is deployed. The priority regions for Switzerland are Africa and the Balkans.