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Police Commissioners Meet

Police Commissioners Meet
April 29
11:04 2016

Police Commissioners from the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries yesterday attended a conference to discuss issues pertaining to their various jurisdictions.

Officially opening the one day workshop was the Solomons Islands High Commissioner to Fiji John Patteson Oti who reminded attendees of the responsibilities bestowed upon them.

“You have a significant responsibility on your shoulders to ensure our leaders mandate on policing and security are implemented”, says Mr Oti.

The Conference which is the 6th meet since its inception in 2012, now is has been earmarked as an annual event to discuss  matters pertaining to police and security issues of MSG Countries.

According to Mr Oti, he praised the efforts of the Committee acknowledging how it has grown into prominence.

“This esteem committee has taken considerable steps promote peace and stability.

“Over the years, the role of the PCC has become more prominent as an organ of the MSG that deals with police and security issues in our region,” Mr Oti said.

Over the years, the conference has met and discussed issues like the formation of a regional Police academy, formed Police Unit, department of Peacekeeping operations, Violence Against Women and Enhanced Police co-operation between members.

Most importantly, the forum would be focusing its discussion into the proposed establishment of Minister of Police Forum which is anticipated to expedite decisions of the PCC to the MSG countries Leaders’

The meeting is currently being held at the Novotel Hotel, Lami chaired by the Fiji Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, and attended by the acting Commissioner of Police for Vanuatu Colonel Robson Iavro, Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations for the Solomon Islands Ms. Juanita Matariga, Fiji’s Ambassador to PNG Commodore Esala Teleni, and the senior officers of the Fiji Police Force.

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