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Nine­teen Po­lice of­fi­cers from around the Pa­cific have com­pleted an eight day work­shop fa­cil­i­tated by the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice’s Pa­cific Po­lice De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme Re­gional fo­cus­ing on In­ves­ti­ga­tion Man­age­ment. The In­ves­ti­ga­tion Man­age­ment Pro­gramme held at the Shangri La Re­sort in Si­ga­toka is a semi-re­gional pro­gramme de­signed for su­per­vi­sors, team lead­ers and sec­ond-in-charge su­per­vi­sors re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams. In clos­ing the pro­gramme, Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Brigadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said he was ap­pre­cia­tive of AFP’s support in up­skilling of­fi­cers in an in­te­gral area of polic­ing. “My ex­pec­ta­tion of out­puts from the Fiji Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­part­ment re­mains high as we con­tinue to shape and de­velop the in­ves­tiga­tive arm of the or­gan­i­sa­tion to meet the chal­lenges of re­gional and global polic­ing.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of any polic­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, we are of­ten judged through the suc­cess and fail­ures in our in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

With par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing of­fi­cers from Fiji, Kiri­bati, Tu­valu, Samoa, Tonga and Van­u­atu, Brigadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said the onus was on in­ves­ti­ga­tors to broaden their knowl­edge. “As we work and op­er­ate lo­cally, we must be think­ing glob­ally. We must de­velop re­gional and in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships in polic­ing. “We must not al­low th­ese global is­sues to dic­tate the way we live nor dis­turb the safety of the peo­ple we serve.” Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ron McFadyen who is the AFP’s In­ves­ti­ga­tions Ad­vi­sor, In­ter­na­tional De­ploy­ment Group said the pro­gramme em­pha­sises the de­vel­op­ment of team man­age­ment skills with the in­tro­duc­tion and fa­mil­iari­sa­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tion man­age­ment tools.

“It’s the man­age­ment of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors who are con­duct­ing those in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“A lot of those tools are used by the in­ves­ti­ga­tors but the man­agers need to know those tools a lot bet­ter.”

Seven of the nine­teen par­tic­i­pants are from the Fiji Po­lice and Mr McFay­dyen says Fiji as the hub of the Pa­cific is the ideal place to hold the meet. “Hav­ing th­ese six sub re­gional coun­tries we are able to drill down the leg­is­la­tions and bet­ter share our pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships so we can get an in­ves­ti­ga­tion man­age­ment stan­dard across the pa­cific that will make us stronger so we are able to in­ves­ti­gate crime through­out the re­gion.”

The par­tic­i­pants will con­tinue to re­ceive on­go­ing support in­clud­ing post-pro­gramme as­sis­tance and a con­tin­ued learn­ing plan to main­tain and strengthen the knowl­edge and skills at­tained. Source: Fiji Po­lice Me­dia Cell

Work­shop fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ron McFadyen.

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