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Natuva Leads Delegation To INTERPOL Assembly

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva led the Fijian delegation to the 83rd INTERPOL General Assembly session to be held in Monaco next week. He left
01 Nov 2014 16:12
Natuva Leads Delegation To INTERPOL Assembly
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The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva led the Fijian delegation to the 83rd INTERPOL General Assembly session to be held in Monaco next week.

He left yesterday accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald and three senior officers.

The General Assembly will start with the ministerial meeting to be attended by ministers responsible for police in member countries.

Fiji’s attendance is part of the Government and the Fiji Police Force’s effort to engage with the INTERPOL Secretariat and consistent with Fiji’s Foreign Policy Framework pursued under the 2009 Strategic Framework for Change for political, social and economic reforms.

An important part of the reforms is the modernisation of the Fiji Police Force to address emerging global policing challenges. To achieve these set targets, the Force needs to improve its capability and capacity in technology and human resources.

External assistance provided through the INTERPOL Secretariat remains important in realising this intention.

The increased engagement with INTERPOL has resulted in increased bilateral arrangements and co-operation with INTERPOL-member countries pursued within the ambit of the INTERPOL.

The following achievements are deemed milestones under this engagement.

1. Recognition of Fiji’s role in regional policing.

2. INTERPOL to use Fiji as its point of regional training deliveries for this region.

3. Secondment of Fiji Police personnel to the INTERPOL Secretariat, Lyon, France.

4. Increased participation of Fiji Police personnel in INTERPOL training programmes targeting various policing scope deemed critical to address global policing demands.

5. Convening of the INTERPOL Integrity in Sports Conference for the Oceania Region in Nadi early this year.

6. Establishment of a Centre for Regional Cyber Crime training in Fiji.

7. Increased information sharing under the INTERPOL secure modes of communication.

8. Facilitation of arrests and extradition of international fugitives entering our borders through red alerts communicated from INTERPOL.

Close to 700 Police Chiefs and senior law enforcement officials from 144 countries are expected to attend the 83rd Session of the INTERPOL General Assembly.

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