New $1.42m bar­racks for Ton­gan women Po­lice re­cruits

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Nuku’alofa: A $1.5 mil­lion pa’anga (FJ$1.42m) newly con­structed bar­racks for women re­cruits at the Tonga Po­lice Col­lege in Lon­go­longo was opened by the Ton­gan Prime Min­is­ter ‘Ak­il­isi Po­hiva last Fri­day.

The build­ing con­sist­ing of 20 fully fur­nished bed­rooms with bath­room fa­cil­i­ties and one train­ing room will house the new re­cruits in July. It was con­structed un­der the Tonga Po­lice De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme funded by Aus­tralia and New Zealand, an im­por­tant tri-par­tite part­ner­ship with Tonga. Prime Min­is­ter Po­hiva said this pro­gramme has made sig­nif­i­cant progress to­wards its goal to achieve a trusted and re­spected polic­ing ser­vice, which works in part­ner­ship to re­duce crime and build safe and se­cure com­mu­ni­ties. He said the new bar­racks and train­ing room fa­cil­ity pro­vides Tonga Po­lice with much needed up­graded ac­com­mo­da­tion that sup­ports the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ac­cred­ited Tonga Po­lice Col­lege in de­liv­ery of train­ing to Tonga Po­lice, at all lev­els from re­cruits to up­com­ing Tonga Po­lice lead­ers. Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Steve Cald­well said the new bar­racks opens the door to their vi­sion for the Tonga Po­lice Col­lege to be­come a cen­tre of learn­ing ex­cel­lence for Po­lice of­fi­cers.

“I have clearly sig­nalled that I wish the next re­cruit in­take to be 50 per cent women re­cruits.” Matangi Tonga On­line

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