Fri, 28 July 2017
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Forum to strengthen police forces in the region

POLICING and security policies are to be reinforced, consolidated and harmonised to effectively manage internal and external policing and security risks, says Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) director general Amena Yauvoli.

Speaking at the opening of the inaugural MSG police ministers meeting in Nadi Wednesday, Yauvoli said the gathering would highlight key issues discussed during the Police Commissioner's Conference in Suva this year.

“Most of these issues, however, need sanctions from the minister responsible for police to enable ratification and implementation by members,” he said.

“The idea in which the conference is established, is to encourage networking, co-operation and strengthen capacity and capability of police forces in the region.

“Regional security will be better managed when police forces in the region are organised and structured in a manner that regional security issues can be systematically managed.”

Yauvoli said through this meeting, ministers needed to deliberate whether they need to establish a permanent position within the MSG Secretariat.

“My submission to you is to consider approving the establishment of a permanent position within the secretariat to continue to work on these important security issues.

"This is to ensure continuity and timely implementation of police and security programs of the secretariat as approved by leaders.”

The meeting ended on Thursday.

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