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Policing Challenges Top Conference Focus

Policing Challenges Top Conference Focus
Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho
September 09
11:00 2018

The Fiji Police Force has been part of discussions on poli­cies and strategies being put in place to address rising global po­licing challenges.

The discussions at the 38th ASE­ANAPOL conference in Brunei Darussalam noted the emergence of new crimes, increased techno­logical advancements and the in­crease in movement of goods, ser­vices and people across borders.

ASEANAPOL is the grouping of police organisations in South East Asia.

With the theme “Coherent As One, Facing Challenges”, the ASE­ANAPOL Conference serves as a platform for all ASEAN Member countries, dialogue partners and observers to meet and synergise towards achieving one goal: To maintain peace and security of the region.

The Brunei Police Commissioner in welcoming delegates, main­tained that the conference served to maintain co-operation and partner­ship and as such it was imperative for the ASEANAPOL to be untied as one law enforcement body irrespec­tive of our diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, who led Fiji’s delegation to the conference, said the Fiji Police Force had been active since its observer status at ASEANAPOL was granted in 2016.

He said the Fiji Police Force could not afford to sit back and allow the criminal landscape to dictate our way of life.

In the absence of formal agree­ments Brigadier General Qiliho has visited and held discussions with the hierarchy of the Royal Thai Police, the Royal Malaysia Po­lice and more recently with the Re­public of Korea to enhance police co-operation between the respec­tive law enforcement institutions noting the increased exchange in various sectors of development and trade between Fiji and ASEAN members.

This in addition to the established agreement with the Indonesian Na­tional Police and established rela­tions with key Dialogue Partners at the ASEANAPOL: China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the IN­TERPOL.

The Fiji Police thanked all ASE­ANAPOL affiliated institutions for assisting the Fiji Police Force and for upholding the fundamen­tal principles of enhancing police professionalism, forging stronger regional co-operation in policing and promoting lasting friendship amongst police officers of ASEAN­APOL member countries, Dialogue Partners and Observers.

As the theme of this conference stated, Brig-Gen Qiliho said, this best way to fight transnational crime and the Fiji Police Force was truly appreciative of the opportu­nity to be an observer of the distin­guished body.

Police Chiefs from the 10 member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) attended including Police Chiefs and heads of key Dialogue Part­ners, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the INTERPOL and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Police Chiefs and Heads of Ob­server partners: Fiji, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, FBI, the Inter­national Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), EUROPOL and the ICRC also attended the 38th ASE­ANAPOL Conference.

Source: Fiji Police Force

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