Class 15 (2016-2018)

Daniela Schermerhorn, Brazil

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Daniela Schermerhorn is a Police Officer from the Federal District State Police – Brazil, and possesses over 16 years of experience in Human Resources Management, Administration and Operational Services in Law Enforcement Agency, at the National and International level, with an emphasis on peace and conflict resolution. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, a Bachelor of Law degree, a Latu Sensus Graduate Program in Public Law, State and Constitution as well as a Latu Sensus Graduate Program in Public Security Management.

In 2008, Daniela was selected as one of the first female brazilian police officers to work as a Presidential Security Supervisor. She coordinated teams of personnel security (close protection) in order to provide a safe and secure environment for the President of the Republic of Brazil, Vice President, and their families, across the country and abroad, in all national and international, official and private events, from 2008 to 2012. She has worked with law enforcement agencies in many places abroad, planning and coordinating the presidential security when visiting foreign heads of state.

Daniela has always had an interest in peace and conflict resolution, which led her to volunteer in 2012, on a Peacekeeping Mission to Haiti, where she served with the United Nations Civil Police, supporting the peace-building process as mentor and advisor for the Haitian National Police. She was deployed at the Crowd Control Unit (Formed Police Unit Coordination – FPU), being assigned during her tour of duty as team member, Head of Operation Section, Planning Officer, and Interim Deputy Chief of Operations for FPU/SWAT Coordination. She was selected within the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) as the only female International Police Officer to be certified in 2013 as a UN Instructor for the Evaluation of Operational Capabilities and Selection of International FPUs for deployment to UN Peacekeeping Missions.

As a result, in February 2014 she was appointed by MINUSTAH and Selected by the Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as FPU Coordinator to perform the selection of Pakistan Police Units, for deployment in MINUSTAH (Haiti) and the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). In April 2014, she was appointed as FPU Coordinator Team Leader to conduct the selection of 2 Formed Police Units and 1 SWAT Unit from Jordan, to be deployed in MINUSTAH (Haiti).

After finishing her Master in International Development Policy, Daniela plans to continue pioneering in her career, helping implement innovative policies in Public Security, combining the academic knowledge and experience abroad with a practical approach from an experienced professional from the Security Sector. She expects to work in close cooperation with international organizations and government agencies, to find joint solutions to public security problems in Brazil and abroad.

Applied Field Experience

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sri Lanka