Fijian police to train in Australia

Deputy Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu with Ms Amanda McCormick the Acting Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Police Management and Supt Brett Kidner the AFP Senior Liaison Officer (Fiji). Picture: SUPPLIED

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.

Deputy Police 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 today held discussions of training opportunities that would be made available to Fijian Police officers in Australia, which according to the Deputy Commissioner had come at an ideal time.

“As we are in the first phase of our five year 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,” ACP Tudravu said.

“We are grateful for this opportunity because it will also give our middle managers the opportunity to undergo leadership training that is sure to benefit the restructure process and the Commissioner’s vision over the next five-year period.”

Meanwhile, Ms 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,” she said.

“We have been asked to meet with all police force and find out the leadership needs and overall executive development needs, particularly for senior officers who will be stepping up to new roles and work perhaps towards a longer-term program rather than a short term one”.

Ms McCormick also revealed their plans to put together a tailor-made program for Pacific police.

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