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Police Step Up Interviewing Methods

Police Step Up Interviewing Methods
August 28
10:10 2018

In a bid to end allegations of Police brutality and improve investigative methods the Fiji Police Force is hosting a regional Training of Trainers workshop.

The weeklong meeting is being conducted at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority building in Nasese, Suva

Twenty-two personnel from, the Fiji Police Force were joined by of­ficers from Vanuatu, Samoa, Nau­ru and Tonga.

The regional Training of Train­ers in Investigative Interviewing workshop started on a positive note.

Trainers will now be equipped with how to handle video recorded inter­views, investigative interviewing and procedures to ensure early ac­cess to justice in criminal proceed­ings.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu said it was a concept they would ensure to set up at a divisional level as well.

“Once the Fiji Police Force was labelled as unprofessional and bru­tal,” ACP Tudravu said.

“So in order for us to get there by eliminating that perception and to perform our services at a profes­sional level, we are committed to starting here at home.

“We are trying to implement and put resources together to get our video interview room in the place.

“Equipment has been installed at our Central Police Station in To­togo and at our CID Headquarters.

“Through our allocated budget, we are trying to reach out to our divi­sions as well.

“We are working with the Govern­ment ITC team to get the machines that are relevant to suit the mod­ern days we live in.”

Chief Justice, Anthony Gates said when interviews were done by vid­eos there would be no dispute of what happened.

Hence there will be credible evi­dence.

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji officer in charge, Salma Elhagyousif said it was a campaign to end torture.

“I would like to congratulate the Fiji Police Force for undertaking this initiative,” Ms Elhagyousif said.

“It follows the start of pilot works on the ‘First-hour procedure and video recorded interviews’ and for its continuous efforts to implement the UN Convention against torture.

“The 2016 ratification of the UN Convention against Torture places an obligation on Fiji to take pre­ventive measures, whether legis­lative, administrative, judicial or otherwise.

“This is, to prevent acts of tor­ture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punish­ment.”

The opening of the one-week training coincided with the launch of two police posters together with a training tool on investigative in­terviewing and in promoting inclu­sive societies.

The Fiji Police Force has also undertaken to print the posters in English, Hindi, iTaukei, braille and sign language.

More than 30 police officers are taking part in the one-week train­ing. Edited by Percy Kean.

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