The Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) Executive Leadership Team (ELT) met virtually for their biannual meeting to discuss matters pertaining to ongoing Pacific programs aimed at strengthening partnerships in regional security.

The meeting was opened by the PICP Chairman and Fiji’s Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu who acknowledged the ongoing support and efforts by Pacific Police Chiefs in advancing ongoing programs amidst difficult times brought about by the global pandemic.

The ELT meeting was an opportunity for leaders to discuss the adoption of a new Strategic Approach to be headed by the PICP secretariat taking into consideration emerging new threats to policing, policing transnational crime amidst the COVID-19 environment, Women Advisory Network programs and rebuilding networks, Cyber Safety, family violence and training under the Pacific Community for Law Enforcement.

Discussions were also held on PICP security priorities for 2021 and the safety and security of Pacific island people not only in the region but around the world.

In attendance were the Commissioners of Samoa, New Zealand, Australian Federal Police, Solomon Islands, Nauru and Niue, the Northern Mariana Islands.

Also present were representatives of New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Department Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre, PCLEC and the Pacific Facility of Policing.

The next Executive Leadership Team meeting is expected to be held in November.

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