Nine officers have completed the three-day United Nations pre-embarkation Course aimed at equipping officers with necessary COVID-19 precautionary measures in order to competently perform peacekeeping duties when deployed with the United Nations African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur and United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei.

The nine officers will be representing Fiji and the Fiji Police Force at the two mission areas in the coming weeks.

In closing the course Director International Relations Senior Superintendent of Police Ulaiasi Ravula reminded the officers due to leave for mission that their selection is part of Government’s intent on extending its foreign diplomacy.

In the last 12 months the Fiji Police Force has secured places at the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei and the United Nations Mission in Yemen which also marked Fiji’s first footprints in the two mission areas.

The aim of the course was to equip the officers with the knowledge of the use of Personal Protective Equipment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SSP Ravula said the knowledge gained should be put to good use as there are many young officers waiting for their opportunity to be also part of UN missions.

He said the police force is grateful to representatives in New York for continuing to knock on doors which is why discipline will be key to keeping the doors open for our institution.

The first officer is expected to leave on the 31st of August for a one-year tour of duty with UNISFA. The remaining officers will leave next month for UNAMID.

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