NEWS

Police Officers Trained On How To Better Exercise Their Powers

ICRC Head of Regional Delegation, Vincent Ochilet, said their exclusive humanitarian mission was to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.
27 May 2022 16:42
Police Officers Trained On How To Better Exercise Their Powers

Thirty Police officers are part of the   training on international policy standards and how they can better exercise their powers during their course of work.

These officers were part of a two-day seminar facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Fiji Police Force.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Itendra Nair said Police personnel had a challenging role in all societies.

“Police are empowered by law to do all the work that I’ve stated, which is arrest, detention, search and seizure often use of reasonable force and we do that so that there is rule of law, ensure good governance and we are able to maintain peace, order and tranquility in society,” Mr Nair said.

The training offered the force another notch in terms of officers understanding what are the international best practices in these regards.

Mr Nair said they made sure citizens of the country are able to enjoy their rights with responsibilities.

“And there are breaches, then we are able to carry out those detentions and arrest within the powers provided for us within the ambit of the law,” he said.

 

Similar mandate

ICRC Head of Regional Delegation, Vincent Ochilet, said their exclusive humanitarian mission was to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

“Today, these situations similar in nature to armed conflicts, are often more injurious to human beings than are armed conflicts,” he said.

“Death and injury, displacement, people disappearing or going missing, lack of access to basic conditions for survival, violations of fundamental rights and deprivation of personal properties.”

Mr Ochilet said law enforcement officials had an important role in situations of violence

“It is important for us to make sure that the Police work is done according to national law and international standards in a human way,” Mr Ochilet said.

The course facilitator, Erich Meier, said officers would refresh on some international standards on policing and law enforcement operations.

“We will be discussing the powers of the police and the responsibilities of the police according to the international standards,” he said.

The participants include officers from Suva, Labasa, Savusavu and the Western Division.

Feedbacknolishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



Fijisun Ad Space


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Subscribe-to-Newspaper