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Twomey Hails Police Work

Recent work by the Fiji Police Force has been hailed by the Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey. During a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police, Bernadus Groenewald,
22 Jan 2015 08:24
Twomey Hails Police Work
Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey (left), Commissioner of Police Bernadus Groenewald during her visit yesterday. Photo: Police Media Cell

Recent work by the Fiji Police Force has been hailed by the Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey.

During a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police, Bernadus Groenewald, at the Fiji Police Headquarters yesterday, Ms Twomey spoke highly of the recent drug bust in Kadavu.

Ms Twomey said she had prior experience in working with the Fiji Police when she was first posted to Fiji as Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner in 2000 to 2002.

“This is my second posting to Fiji and had worked with the Fiji Police on a similar drug bust back in 2000,” Ms Twomey said.

Commissioner Groenewald expressed the organisations gratitude towards the continuous support shown by the Australian Government in a number of policing issues.

“Since my arrival in May I have experienced some of these generous and cooperative agreements signed with the Australian Government, bilateral agreements and support from the Australian Federal Police and other law enforcement agencies,” he said.

“The restoration and repair of our patrol boat the MV Veiqaravi which is now operational as well as Forensic and technical assistance in our drug units are just some of the outcomes of your Government’s support.”

He also acknowledged the continuous working relationship with law enforcement agencies which has resulted in the detection of major transnational crimes.

“One of our success stories was achieved last December in the country’s largest heroin bust which was a result of shared intelligence and operational assistance with authorities in Australia,” Commissioner Groenewald said.

Echoing his sentiments Ms Twomey said the drug bust was an example of what both the Australian and Fijian law enforcement agencies could achieve by working together.

“We wouldn’t have worked with you to ensure the arrests were done here if we didn’t have all the confidence that Fiji will see it through and I wish you all the best with the case,” Ms Twomey said.

“I want to make it clear that I do not see our relationship as one of donor and recipient, as we have shared stakes in the security and stability of our region.”

Ms Twomey also reminded the senior officers about the importance of ensuring that they had the respect and confidence of the people they serve. Ms Twomey was also accorded a quarter guard parade.
Police Media Cell

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