The Fiji Police Force and Medical Services Pacific have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to allow a mutual working relationship between the two parties in terms of health services including counseling and legal support for victims of child abuse, sexual crimes and, gender-based violence for officers.
The Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu acknowledged the timely support in terms of counseling considering the environment that officers are currently working in.
“ This is the right time for us –the current COVID 19 operations and the operations within as well as looking at the criminal landscape not forgetting other different environments that we are working in, we need counseling as this can be of assistance to us in terms of providing quality services to strengthen our service delivery as we all have limitations.”
The partnership will also strengthen, collaborate, and share resources for the provision of services to at-risk communities and medical care or health information and choices.
Over the years the support from the United Nations Development Programme-Access to Justice Grant Programme funded by the European Union, The Fiji Police Support Programme funded by the New Zealand Government and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has continued to evolve and has enabled Medical Services Pacific to partner with the Force in this initiative.