The working group of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) Pacific Police Training Advisory Group (PPTAG) met today at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi, focusing on ways to enhance capacity development (training) programmes in the Pacific region.

Opening the meeting was Fiji’s Deputy Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu who acknowledged the support of the Executive Leaders of the Pacific Islands Policing institutions, PICP Secretariat, and the Australian Federal Police for giving the opportunity for the heads of trainings to come together, discuss and put together Pacific tailor made training programs to suit the needs of Pacific law enforcement.

“This is an opportunity to learn from each other and as leaders we need to be thinking holistically about not only the operational aspects of policing but welfare of our officers”.

Established in 2011 PPTAG currently has 15 members: Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand – all represented by their Heads of Training.

The PPTAG meets biannually to discuss recent progress and developments in training, and key areas of discussion will be the health and wellbeing of officers, safety and how to effectively though training empower and equip officers to fight the drug battle in the Pacific region.

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