New pro­ject to strengthen our Po­lice

Fiji Sun - - NATION - INOKE RABONU Edited by Jonathan Bryce

The Fiji Po­lice Force yesterday signed a new pro­ject to­gether with the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP). This pro­ject aims to strengthen early ac­cess to jus­tice in crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings while fo­cus­ing on a vic­tim-cen­tred ap­proach to in­ves­ti­ga­tions

The four-year pro­ject val­ued at $9.2 mil­lion, aims to strengthen trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness of the Po­lice, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with key jus­tice stake­hold­ers and civil or­gan­i­sa­tions. Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Bri­gadierGen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said the first phase of the as­sis­tance would be aimed at im­prov­ing the re­sponse ca­pac­ity of Po­lice in cri­sis man­age­ment. This par­tic­u­larly fo­cuses on Fiji’s bat­tle against COVID-19.

“Its un­pre­dictable na­ture means nec­es­sary steps must be taken now to equip and train front­line work­ers such as Po­lice to be able to tackle a sec­ond wave, if any, al­though I re­ally do not wish this on any coun­try, how­ever that is the re­al­ity that must be faced,” Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said.

“The as­sis­tance also in­cludes the pro­cure­ment of nec­es­sary equip­ment to sup­port our on­go­ing ef­forts in en­hanc­ing our in­ves­tiga­tive in­ter­view­ing in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing the na­tion-wide ex­pan­sion and pi­lot­ing of the First Hour Pro­ce­dure and video record­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“This again is truly ap­pre­ci­ated as we have seen how ef­fec­tive the Pi­lot in­ter­view rooms at the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment (CID) Head­quar­ters and To­togo have been since be­ing in­tro­duced.”

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment and the UNDP for the con­tin­u­ous sup­port over the years.

New Zealand High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr said the new pro­ject would en­hance in­ves­tiga­tive skills, pro­vid­ing early ac­cess to jus­tice and pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity.

From left: United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme Pa­cific Of­fice rep­re­sen­ta­tive Le­van Bouazade, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bri­gadierGen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho and New Zealand High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr.

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