Police be­gin First Hour Pro­ce­dure, Dig­i­tal Record­ing Work­shop

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - Source: Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Police Force be­gan their three-day First Hour Pro­ce­dure and Dig­i­tal Record­ing work­shop yes­ter­day at Su­vavou House.

This is a pi­lot project which will be im­ple­mented by the Police from the To­togo Police Sta­tion from Novem­ber for six months with the in­ten­tion of im­ple­ment­ing the First Hour Pro­ce­dure and the dig­i­tal record­ing of cau­tion in­ter­views through­out the coun­try at every Police Sta­tion there­after. The work­shop aims to equip par­tic­i­pants with the knowl­edge of newly de­vel­oped stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures for the dig­i­tal record­ing of ev­i­dence dur­ing cau­tion in­ter­views and pro­vid­ing every sus­pect with le­gal aid as­sis­tance within the first hour of ar­rest known as the First Hour Pro­ce­dure.

The dig­i­tal record­ing of the cau­tion in­ter­view can be later used in Court and will pro­vide greater trans­parency in the ar­rest and de­ten­tion pro­ce­dure.

The Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions, Christo­pher Pryde said: “It is hoped that the use of the dig­i­tal record­ing ini­tia­tive will lessen the num­ber of chal­lenges in Court whilst the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the First Hour Pro­ce­dure will en­sure all sus­pects are made fully aware of their Con­sti­tu­tional rights.”

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