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Fiji Police: Detector Dog Unit Has Been Big Success

“The Unit has been instrumental in high volumes of drug seizures, undeclared currency and a case of firearms and ammunition,” said Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho."
27 Mar 2019 10:00
Fiji Police: Detector Dog Unit Has Been Big Success
The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho with the Law Enforcement Officers from around the Pacific. Photo: Ana Naisoro

No doubt the Fiji Detector Dog Unit has been a huge success.

“The Unit has been instrumental in high volumes of drug seizures, undeclared currency and a case of firearms and ammunition,” said Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.

The Pacific Detector Dog Pro­gramme Annual Workshop was held at Tanoa International Hotel on Monday.

Law enforcement officers from Sa­moa, Tonga, Cook Islands and New Zealand were present as well.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said that the pa­cific law enforcement officers share one common goal and that is to keep the region safe.

“I have found that an effective way of managing the demands placed on our services is through network­ing with other law enforcement agencies,” he said.

“A perfect example of an effective collaboration is before us in this room. As we come together to net­work and discuss ways of enhanc­ing our respective services through this workshop.”

The Commissioner added that the Pacific Detector Dog Programme has had years of success in the Pa­cific, especially with Fiji’s success since its establishment in 2015.

“There is a perception that the FDDU operates mainly at our ma­jor ports of entry, but their contri­bution to the overall operations of the Fiji Police Force and Fiji Rev­enue and Customs Services in the Eastern, Southern and Western Di­vision has been immense,” he said.

“The Fiji Police Force’s war on drugs is well known throughout the Pacific and the world – as we are constantly looking for ways to enhance our ability of keeping Fiji­ans safe from this silent killer.”

“The specialist support given through the Pacific Detector Dog Programme, through our FDDU has had a major impact on our war against drugs.”

“And Fiji is proud of its contri­bution in stemming the flow of il­legal activities to our neighbours, as quite a number of seizures were made at our borders and at our postal agency outlets,” he added.

Brig-Gen Qiliho acknowledged the support of the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs who had given them the opportunity to net­work and deliberate on how to im­prove the work of their respective Detector Dog Units.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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