[Source: Fiji Police Force / Facebook]
Fiji and Regional Police, Navy and Customs officers have undergone specialist training focusing on maritime policing operations.
This was facilitated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Maritime Crime Program and the United States Navy.
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, who is also the current Chairman of the Pacific Islands Police Chiefs, said that through this training they aim to build law enforcement capacity and fight against criminal activities in the region.
Qiliho says Fiji is ready to welcome regional partners and believes this will build their resilience and respond effectively to threats.
“As the people of the Pacific, we must seize every opportunity presented to us to ensure that the Pacific Ocean is not used as a means to threaten our security.”
One hundred Fijian police officers, nine officers from the Republic of Fiji Navy, six officers from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and officers from regional law enforcement agencies participated in the training.