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Fiji Police: Waqanokonoko Graduate In Pacific Detector Dog Programme

Our K9 capabilities have over the years intercepted millions of dollars of drugs not only at our borders but in the Divisions, as combatting drug trafficking and the illegal smuggling of arms and undeclared currencies is a focus area for policing.
17 Jun 2019 13:51
Fiji Police: Waqanokonoko Graduate In Pacific Detector Dog Programme
Police Constable Neumi Waqanokonoko third from left. He graduated in the NZ Pacific Detector Dog Programme.

Another Fijian Police officer has graduated from the New Zealand Police Pacific Detector Dog Programme.

Police Constable Neumi Waqanokonoko has recently completed a six-week training in New Zealand with the support of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade, New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs.

The training is also in line with an existing working partnership with the Fiji Police,

New Zealand Police and NZ Customs through the Pacific Detector Dog Programme.

Director International Relations Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ulaiasi Ravula said the news of PC Waqanokonoko’s graduation was greatly
appreciated by the Commissioner of Police.

“We are grateful to our NZ counterparts for assisting Fiji and fellow Pacific law enforcement agencies step up security at our borders through such training
opportunities”.

“Our K9 capabilities have over the years intercepted millions of dollars of drugs not only at our borders but in the Divisions, as combatting drug trafficking and the illegal smuggling of arms and undeclared currencies is a focus area for policing”.

PC Waqanokonoko is currently based at the Fiji Detector Dog Unit (FDDU) in Nadi and graduated with his canine companion Kaleb last week.

SSP Ravula said the Fiji Police Force values the contribution of its K9 officers immensely and will continue to work with fellow NZ law enforcement agencies to
help better secure Fiji and the Pacific borders fight transnational crime.

Fiji’s PC Waqanokonoko and Tongan Police Officer Constable Samuel Pekipaki were the only two Pacific officers who graduated from the NZ Pacific Detector
Dog Program with their fellow NZ comrades.

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