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Swede appointed to head UN police force

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Swedish police officer Ann-Marie Orler has been appointed as the United Nation's top cop.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon told reporters on Monday that Orler, currently a deputy police adviser to the UN department of peacekeeping operations, would be promoted to the top police post.

"She has been the UN deputy police adviser since 2008 and has led a global effort to recruit more female police officers for UN peace operations," the secretary-general said.

"Now the United Nations' top cop is a woman. That is a wonderful way to celebrate International Women's Day," he added.

Orler, who has more than two decades of police experience, will be in charge of 12,867 police officers from 90 nations serving in 15 UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

She has previously served as secretary-general of Amnesty International in her

native Sweden, where she also was police commissioner in the county of Västmanland.

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