Nineteen Police officers from around the Pacific have completed an eight day workshop facilitated by the Australian Federal Police's Pacific Police Development Program Regional focusing on Investigation Management.
The Investigation Management Program held at the Shangri La Resort in Sigatoka is a semi-regional program designed for supervisors, team leaders and second-in-charge supervisors responsible for the management of criminal investigation teams.
In closing the program, Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said he was appreciative of AFP's support in upskilling officers in an integral area of policing.
"My expectation of outputs from the Fiji Police investigation department remains high as we continue to shape and develop the investigative arm of the organization to meet the challenges of regional and global policing".
"Investigation is a critical component of any policing organization, we are often judged through the success and failures in our investigations".
With participants including officers from Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, Brig. Gen. Qiliho said the onus was on investigators to broaden their knowledge.
"As we work and operate locally, we must be thinking globally. We must develop regional and international partnerships in policing".
"We must not allow these global issues to dictate the way we live nor disturb the safety of the people we serve".
Facilitator Mr Ron McFadyen who is the AFP's Investigations Advisor, International Deployment Group said the program emphasizes the development of team management skills with the introduction and familiarization of investigation management tools.
"It's the management of investigations, and investigators who are conducting those investigations".
"A lot of those tools are used by the investigators but the managers need to know those tools a lot better".
Seven of the nineteen participants are from the Fiji Police and Mr McFaydyen says Fiji as the hub of the Pacific is the ideal place to hold the meet.
"Having these six sub regional countries we are able to drill down the legislations and better share our professional relationships so we can get an investigation management standard across the pacific that will make us stronger so we are able to investigate crime throughout the region".
The participants will continue to receive ongoing support including post-program assistance and a continued learning plan to maintain and strengthen the knowledge and skills attained.