New $1.42m barracks for Tongan women Police recruits
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