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Fijian Detector Dogs Complete NZ Training

Six Fijian detector dog teams have completed their New Zealand training and graduated last week in a ceremony at the NZ Police Dog Training centre in Trentham, Upper Hutt. The
09 Sep 2015 12:56
Fijian Detector Dogs Complete NZ Training
Police officers and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority officers with the detector dogs . Photo: FRCA

Six Fijian detector dog teams have completed their New Zealand training and graduated last week in a ceremony at the NZ Police Dog Training centre in Trentham, Upper Hutt.

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) and its New Zealand counterpart have been working closely to establish a detector dog programme in Fiji, which is the transport and travel hub of the Pacific.

“An effective detector dog capability will enable the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and Police to strengthen border security and help counter organised criminal groups using Fiji as a transit point for illicit activities,” FRCA chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu said.

“The teams that graduated last week are ‘world class’ and will play an important role in mitigating the risk of organised crime networks operating in the Pacific region.

“This is a good example of the collaboration between agencies in New Zealand and Fiji working together with the common goal to stem the flow of illicit drugs,” he said.

This will be the first time FRCA has had a dedicated detector dog capability — until now Police detector dogs have been used at the border.

The new teams are expected to be operational in Fiji by the end of the year.

Fiji’s new detector dogs have been sourced within New Zealand as well as supplied by the Australia Border Force.

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