The Ministry of Interior convened an April 28 working group meeting to coordinate the selection of officials from the National Police and from prisons to take part in UN peacekeeping missions later this year.

Ministry undersecretary of state Dam Vuthy said the officials selected to take part in the peacekeeping missions must have a Bachelor’s degree and a rank of at least criminal judicial police, social sciences graduate degrees or other relevant skills and work experience.

He noted that French speakers are especially needed as are those who know how to drive a car, said the ministry.

Vuthy advised all the working groups to study the recruitment of the officials and have a closer relationship with the National Recruitment Coordination Committee.

Oung Chanthy, deputy director-general of the ministry's General Department of Administration in charge of personnel department, said the peacekeeping missions are a new opportunity and responsibility for the National Police and prison officers.

“These National Police and prison officers must have many qualifications before leaving for the peacekeeping operations,” he said.

Mao Sophearom, head of the General Administration Department at the General Department of Prisons (GDP), expressed his pleasure that the prison officers will have the opportunity to take part in the peacekeeping mission, which is one of the nation’s most important tasks and an honour for all those who are selected to go abroad for them.

“Many officers have shown great interest in participating,” he said.