We Need To Share Information, And Collaborate: Ratu Inoke
Police officers in the region now face new challenges which exceed their traditional Police roles.
This means responding to entrenched social problems, anti-social behaviour, mental or psychological issues.
Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola made the comment in Jakarta while addressing delegates at the 2nd Melanesian Spearhead Group Police Ministers meeting.
He also emphasised the need to deal collectively with regional security issues.
“We need to share information and intelligence within the region, Police Force to Police Force and collaborate,” Ratu Inoke said.
“Through a concerted effort will we be able to address and tackle security challenges and insecurities often triggered by economic, environmental, psychological and social factors.”
Ratu Inoke also highlighted the progress made so far in terms of the Melanesian Spearhead Group on Police.
These include the:
MSG Regional Security Strategy
Progress on the implementation of the Department of Peace Keeping Operation (DPKO) and the Formed Police Unit (FPU) initiatives.
the implementation of the Regional Police Academy (RPA)
Ratu Inoke also urged Ministers and Police Commissioners to ensure that:
Initiatives and projects should be monitored throughout project phases;
timeframe not restrictive to allow for officials to engage regionally and be able to meet obligations at the national level;
explore a whole-of-region approach which can be replicated. This can also ensure security is mainstreamed in other sectors.
On Tuesday, Commissioners of Police deliberated on “Strengthening Security Co-operation for a Stable and Peaceful MSG Region”
Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho is also attending the Jakarta meeting.
Edited by Ranoba Baoa