Pacific faculty dedicated to providing leadership training for police

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes and Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho at their meeting. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Australian Government has announced the setting up of a Pacific Faulty at the Australian Institute of Police Management in Manly which will be dedicated to providing long term leadership training to police officers in the Pacific and obviously Fiji.

The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes said this during his visit and meeting with the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and members of the senior command group last week.

The visit was also an opportunity to hear from the Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade program team on the Australian Awards Program and how Fijian Police officers can apply for similar programs.

The Australian Awards have been offered in Fiji for the last 40years and to date the program boasts over two hundred alumni’s who have undergone studies with a number of Australia’s higher learning institutions.

Mr Feakes took time to acknowledge the work of the Fiji Police Force for providing a safe environment to the hundreds and thousands of Australians who visit Fiji annually.

“Commissioner may I acknowledge the hard work put in by your officers in keeping our Australian citizens safe when visiting Fiji as they are in a safe and welcoming environment and your support towards the Australian Federal Police,” Mr Feakes said.

Mr Feakes said through the Australian Awards program opportunities could also be made available at the Macquarie University, Deakin University and the University of New South Wales as they offer specific law enforcement courses.

Six Fijians are currently studying in areas related to security, criminal justice, criminology and cyber security.

The DFAT program coordinator says it is pleasing to see an increase in police officers applying for scholarships and they are keen to support the Fiji Police Force in its endeavor to upskill its staff.

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho welcomed the comments made by the Australian High Commissioner as well as the team from DFAT.

“Majority of the senior officers have pursued training on their own and at their own expense, and this opportunity will be great for our young officers who are coming up the ranks”.

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