Jonathan McIvor was the first Head of the EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories, code-named EUPOL COPPS, taking office on 1 January 2006. Previously, McIvor led the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support, within the Office of EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Marc Otte, and acted as his police adviser.
McIvor was replaced on 1 January 2007 by Colin Smith.
McIvor was born and educated in Northern Ireland. After Military service as an Officer with the Royal Green Jackets he joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1982 as a graduate entrant and subsequently served in South East London in the various ranks to Inspector. After a time as an Area Planning Inspector and member of the MPS Management Consultancy Centre, he was appointed as a Divisional Chief Inspector at Plumstead. In 1994 he transferred to the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC, now the Police Service of Northern Ireland and served in North Belfast, County Fermanagh and as Commandant of the Police Training Centre. He attended the National Strategic Command Course 2000 and was subsequently appointed Commander of North Down District Command Unit. In 2002 he took up post as Commander Operational Support and Deputy Assistant Chief Constable for Rural Region, covering that part of Northern Ireland outside Greater Belfast including the 251 miles of land border with the Republic of Ireland. In April 2004 he was seconded to the UK Department for International Development as a Police Adviser and began working in Gaza and the West Bank on capacity building within the Palestinian Civil Police. He was formally seconded to the team of EU Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process in January 2005 as the Police Adviser and was responsible for forming and subsequently leading the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EU COPPS) established within the office of the EU-SR and based in Ramallah. In addition to attending various courses at the National Police College, Bramshill, McIvor has studied at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia and at the Scottish Police College, Tullyallen. He has been involved in joint policing initiatives in both the United States and South Africa. In 2001 he presented a paper to the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg on “Police Transformation in Northern Ireland” and in 2003 presented to the United Arab Emirates Military Command in Dubai on joint military/police public order operations. He holds a first degree in Development Studies, a Masters Degree in Organisational Behaviour and a Diploma in Criminology and Police Studies from Cambridge University.