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Co-Operation In Regional Security Ensures Safer Place For Citizens

Prime Minister Voreqe Bain­imarama says our co-oper­ation with fellow Pacific island countries and their in­volvement in police training will make our entire region a safer place for citizens to call
22 Dec 2017 11:00
Co-Operation In Regional Security Ensures Safer Place For Citizens
(second from right) Itsimaera Kathailgauwa of the Nauru Police Force with fellow Nauru Police Officer who were part of the 137 police officers at the Fiji Police Basic Recruits Course Pass-out Parade in Suva yesterday. 20/12/17. Photo: LUSIANA TUIMAISALA.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bain­imarama says our co-oper­ation with fellow Pacific island countries and their in­volvement in police training will make our entire region a safer place for citizens to call home.

In acknowledging the presence of recruits from Nauru and Tu­valu during a Fiji Police Force pass out parade in Suva this week, Mr Bainimarama said Fiji was always grateful for the strong bonds of friendship it enjoyed in the region.

“As Pacific island nations we face many transnational security threats that require us to stand together and address these mat­ters,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Fiji remains fully committed to the frameworks for regional secu­rity that has already made great progress in taking down criminal elements throughout our region and beyond.”

He added that the Fijian Gov­ernment was pleased the Fiji Police Force has begun prepara­tory works on our Regional Police Academy.

“Working alongside INTERPOL, the FBI, Australian Federal Po­lice and New Zealand Police, we are laying a foundation for an academy that will one day bring regional and international ex­pertise to policing institutions throughout the Pacific – taking our partnerships in policing to even greater heights,” Mr Baini­marama said.

Five Nauruans and five Tuvalu­ans along with 127 Fijian police officers braved the rainy weather as they gave their hearts out dur­ing the pass-out parade held at the Nasova grounds.

Itsimaaera Kathailgauwa was one of five Nauru officers.

Because of the strong bond they have formed with Fijian recruits the 20-year-old is now finding it difficult to part ways as they pre­pare to return to Nauru.

“The bond we developed over the last six months has been one that united us,” Mr Kathailgauwa said

“I am speechless and will miss my Fijian friends.”

In acknowledging the excellent work of academy trainers, Mr Kathailgauwa said they would now return home to implement what they have learnt.”

This was the second batch of re­cruits from Nauru, who trained in Fiji.

Edited by Percy Kean

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