SPORTS

4 Police Ruggers Heading To Malaysia for 3 Month Exchange Program

Bilateral relations particularly on the concept of ‘people to people’ exchanges between the Fiji Police Force and international police jurisdictions continue to be strengthened. Following discussions held in Kula Lumpur
29 Sep 2018 13:45
4 Police Ruggers Heading To Malaysia for 3 Month Exchange Program
From Left: PC Atunaisa Tuidrokadroka , PC LasaroTuragadrau, Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, PC Ame Gavidi and PC Malakai Volau. Photo: Fiji Police Media Unit

Bilateral relations particularly on the concept of ‘people to people’ exchanges between the Fiji Police Force and international police jurisdictions continue to be strengthened.

Following discussions held in Kula Lumpur in April this year between Fiji’s Commissioner of Police and the Inspector General of the Royal Malaysia Police, four officers will be departing for Malaysia for a three month exchange program focusing on a new dimension of police cooperation in people to people exchange through sports, specifically rugby.

The four police ruggers are Police Constables Ame Gavidi, Malakai Volau, Lasaro Turagadrau and Atunaisa Tuidrokadroka.

The exchange program targets rugby development for the Royal Malaysian Police rugby team and is consistent with the people to people’ exchanges through the Duvata Community Policing initiative whereby sports is used as a proactive tool to fight crime.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said this was the first exchange program between the two institutions and the prospects of more opportunities opening up looked extremely promising.

While farewelling the four, Brigadier General Qiliho said as pioneers of the exchange program with the Royal Malaysia Police, the onus is on the four to maintain a high level of professionalism so as not to tarnish the reputation and the newly forged working relationship between the two institutions.

“This is a new dimension of police cooperation focusing on sports as Fiji’s reputation on the rugby field is known the world over, so if we do this well it will surely open up more opportunities of exchanges where we can look at capacity building in other specialized areas of policing”.

The four officers will conduct rugby coaching clinics and participate as players for the Royal Malaysia Police rugby team in the local tournament during their stay here. The objective of the exchange program is to foster working understanding and relations and exposure to changes in contemporary policing.

The Fiji Police under its community policing initiatives have over the years captured Music and Sports as key pillars for its community policing initiative. This is a new dimension in police cooperation with some bilateral partners expressing interest in people to people exchange through sports as well.

The four flew out to Malaysia on Saturday.

Source: Fiji Police Media Unit

 

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper