Fiji at Coun­ter­ing Transna­tional Or­gan­ised Crimes meet

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Fiji Po­lice Force Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Aporosa Lu­tu­nauga is part of a five-week course on Coun­ter­ing Trans-na­tional Or­gan­ised Crimes at the Ge­orge C. Mar­shall Euro­pean Cen­tre for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies in Garmisch-Part­tenkirchen, Ger­many. There are 86 par­tic­i­pants from 58 dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the world.

The di­rec­tor for strate­gic plan­ning, pol­icy, re­search and de­vel­op­ment, SSP Lu­tu­nauga, is the only par­tic­i­pant from the Pa­cific. The Mar­shall Cen­tre is a renowned in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity and de­fence stud­ies in­sti­tute that pro­motes di­a­logue and un­der­stand­ing among the na­tions of North Amer­ica, Europe and Eura­sia. SSP Lu­tu­nauga said trans-na­tional or­gan­ised crime was a crit­i­cal is­sue to Fiji be­cause it poses a threat to our na­tional se­cu­rity.

“Drugs, hu­man traf­fick­ing, cy­ber-crime and peo­ple smug­gling will af­fect our safety, se­cu­rity and well-be­ing of our coun­try,” he said. “It has al­ready af­fected many de­vel­oped coun­tries and Fiji will be no ex­cep­tion given our strate­gic lo­ca­tion in the Pa­cific.” He said Fiji was an ideal route for trans-na­tional crime and could be ex­ploited and used as a tran­sit point in the move­ment of drugs, peo­ple and arte­facts. “The course has been ben­e­fi­cial in terms of ex­chang­ing ideas, net­work­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion, iden­ti­fy­ing chal­lenges and best prac­tices to bring back to Fiji and ar­tic­u­late it in our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment to pro­tect our re­sources, our peo­ple and our coun­try,” he said. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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