With leadership an important component of policing, the Fiji Police Force has welcomed the opportunity to send middle managers and senior police officers to train at the Australian Institute of Police Management.
This follows discussions held today between Deputy Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu and the Acting Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Police Management Ms. Amanda McCormick and the Australian Federal Senior Liaison Officer (Fiji) Superintendent Brett Kidner at the Fiji Police headquarters this morning.
Discussions revolved around training opportunities that will be made available to Fijian Police officers in Australia, which according to the Deputy Commissioner has come at an ideal time.
“As we are in the first phase of our 5year restructure process and are expecting to recruit more than 3,000 officers as well as the creation of new posts, training will be a major need to cater for the retirement of officers who hold senior management posts”.
The Acting Executive Director, Amanda McCormick said they were eager to send invitations to Fijian officers as soon as possible.
“It is really important to hear you talk about leadership at all levels with the changes mentioned regarding the restructure and we are happy to assist with the training aspects at all levels of management”.
McCormick also revealed their plans to put together a tailor-made program for Pacific police.
“We are looking at putting together a pacific only program looking at pacific policing and what you would like to draw from the program based on the needs of policing in the pacific”.
“We will also be sending invitations to your Police women to undertake the studies focused on women in policing and we are hoping to get that underway soon”.
Bilateral relations developed under the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police banner will also see the secondment of officers to Australian State and Federal Police Forces.