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Call To Increase Police Networking, Training

Call To Increase Police Networking, Training
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho (left) and Indonesian Police Head of Sub Directorate Narcotics Senior Superintendent of Police Jimmy Augustus Anes at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 08
12:05 2018

The Fiji Police Force and its counterparts from the Indonesian National Police yesterday met in Nadi to discuss ways to tackle transnational crimes as a team.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said the rise and sophistication of such crimes meant Fijian and Indonesian Police needed to increase networking and training.

He made the comment while officiating at the 4th Bilateral Working Group Meeting between the two Police forces at the Tanoa international Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

Brigadier General Qiliho said, “Transnational crimes are evolving and are getting more sophisticated and to effectively combat these crimes we will need to work together.

“Our growing relations means increased people-to-people exchange and increased levels of trade and investment, which can be negatively impacted if we rest on our laurels.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho pleaded with the working group to consider ways to increase networking and training on the areas of co-operation stipulated in the MOU on illicit drugs, psychotropic and precursors because these were all linked to crimes such as terrorism, trafficking, money laundering, trafficking of illicit arms and explosives, cyber crimes, international economic crime and corruption.

He expressed his gratitude to the Government of Indonesia for remaining a true friend of Fiji for over five decades.

“The Fiji Police Force has benefitted greatly from the assistance offered by the Indonesian National Police since the signing of the MOU in 2011 and later renewed in 2016,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

“The deepening of relations between our two institutions with a number of our senior officers having undergone training at the Indonesian national Police Staff and Command College.

“Upon their return they have taken up senior leadership positions.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho added that the support rendered by the Government of Indonesia in developing the MSG regional police academy would elevate police co-operation to a higher level.

He said such support would allow MSG countries to increase their contribution through the United Nations Operations around the world.

Indonesian Police Head of Sub Directorate Narcotics Senior Superintendent of Police Jimmy Augustus Anes said: “This is a distinguished milestone which has been accomplished as the two nations deepen foreign relations.

“The changes of technology and communication has brought a big challenge to law enforcers.

“Policing at borders needs to be prioritised.”

The two-day meeting ended yesterday. 

Edited by Epineri Vula

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