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Qiliho: Pacific to Combine Resources to Fight Drug Cartels

Drug cartels must not be allowed to use the Pacific as a transit point. We must also not allow them to think that the Pacific law enforcement agencies do not
19 Sep 2018 12:59
Qiliho: Pacific to Combine Resources to Fight Drug Cartels
Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and Chairman of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network’s Executive Leadership Team and Samoa Commissioner of Police Egon Keil during the 2018 Pacific Transnational Crime Network Team Leaders Meeting opening at the Double Tree Resort on Sonaisali Island in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Drug cartels must not be allowed to use the Pacific as a transit point.

We must also not allow them to think that the Pacific law enforcement agencies do not have the resources or the know-how to tackle transnational crime.

These were the remarks of Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during the 2018 Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTC Network) Team Leaders Meeting opening at the DoubleTree Resort on Sonaisali Island in Nadi yesterday.

He said policing in the Pacific region was no easy feat because it required a collective and determined approach to fight transnational crime.

Brigadier-General Qiliho acknowledged the decision to focus the annual meeting on progressing the Pacific Methamphetamine Action Plan.

The plan helps strengthen the collective effort of each policing agency’s fight against illicit drugs, with the theme “Stepping up in the Pacific”.

“We cannot afford to sit back and be territorial about the sharing of information or the sharing of capabilities and resources, and allow drug cartels to use the Pacific and its people for their personal gain,” he added.

“We cannot allow them to use the Pacific as transit points; where they leave behind a devastating trail of broken lives, broken families, devastated societies and nations.

“We must not allow them to think that Pacific law enforcement agencies do not have the resources or the know-how to tackle transnational crime.”

The PTC Network has had many success stories to prove what working together can achieve.

“For the past two years more than a thousand referrals between member countries has resulted in the disruption of criminal activity before it has reached the shores of a neighbouring Pacific Island country.

“As a result of close co-operation amongst our institutions, several operations have resulted in successful illicit drug interceptions in Australia and New Zealand. These are major achievements and we should continue to elevate networking between our respective institutions.

“New forms of synthetic drugs are being manufactured specifically designed to beat our detection mechanisms. The more we step up our game, so do those in the illicit trade. It’s a constant race to see who can outsmart the other, which is why it is vital to stay ahead of this constantly evolving trade.

He added the best way to stay ahead of the criminal world is to work together.

“Our PTC Network continues to grow and having representatives of various Forum Secretariats and Government agencies here with us; should help us strategise our way forward,” he said.

“Just as crime is borderless, our approach therefore must not be confined to our borders also, but aligned to a regional and international level if we are to effectively combat serious and transnational crime.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and Chairman of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network’s Executive Leadership Team and Samoa Commissioner of Police Egon Keil with officers during the 2018 Pacific Transnational Crime Network Team Leaders Meeting opening at the Double Tree Resort on Sonaisali Island in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and Chairman of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network’s Executive Leadership Team and Samoa Commissioner of Police Egon Keil with officers during the 2018 Pacific Transnational Crime Network Team Leaders Meeting opening at the Double Tree Resort on Sonaisali Island in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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