THE director of the Police Academy, recently promoted Superintendent Ian Bara returned after attending the annual Pacific Police Training Advisory Group (PPTAG) in Brisbane, Australia from 20 to 24 October 2014.
The PPTAG participants are from the Pacific Islands Forum member countries.
The inception of the PPTAG initiative is a recent move towards capacity development in Pacific policing services, a statement from the police said.
“The initiative was endorse at the 2011 Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Conference (PICP) in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, as a joint project between the PICP and the Pacific Police Development Program Regional (PPDPR) program of the Australian Federal Police (AFP),” the statement said.
The recent conference was chaired by the Police Commissioner of Cook Islands Tetava Ma’ara, who is the current chairperson of PPTAG.
The primary objective of PPTAG is to enhance Training programmes in the Pacific region to create a more sustainable and self-reliant approach to capacity development under the theme, “By the Pacific, For the Pacific.”
A key element highlighted at the conference was the important requirement for PPTAG member countries to share resources, Information, training packages and technologies to further develop each country’s training needs.
At the recent conference, PPTAG country members put together and submit a total of six papers for endorsement and approval by the PICP.
The submissions were based on the following objective:
1. PPTAG established and utilising the social media (Face book)
2. Conduct Training needs Analysis for Pacific Island countries
3. Training Development for all Pacific Islands countries
4. Training Selections
5. Create and established a Health and Fitness Strategy and Policy for Pacific Islands Countries,
6. Develop an Investigation pathway that suits all PPTAG countries.
The submissions were presented to the Chair of PPTAG for his endorsement and will be subsequent presented by the chair to the PICP board meeting in early 2015.
The statement said the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, through the Police Academy, is looking forward to actively participate and achieve essential benefit from the development objectives of the programme.