A senior official of the United States (US) Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security, recently visited senior police officers and sections heads of the Fiji Police Force (FPF), Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) in the hope of forming stronger working relationships.

Mr Joshua Coster the US Assistant Attaché for Removal with ICE used his visit to highlight an overview of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and its program.

He also talked about the US Electronic Travel Document (eTD) system, which provides a platform to fully automate the travel document request/review/issuance process.

The Fiji Police Force Director of International Relations, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ulaiasi Ravula said the FPF looked forward to other similar visits once the FPF through the Fijian Government enters into a Letter of Agreement for further US Agencies engagement in Fiji.

“We acknowledge the U.S. Embassy Suva for facilitating such visits and all Units should take advantage of this engagement to enhance the capacity and capability of the Fiji Police Force,” SSP Ravula said.

Meanwhile, Mr Coster also spoke on ICE ERO’s Criminal History Information Sharing (CHIS) Initiative which is a biometric based exchange of criminal history and biographical information.

He also highlighted the ICE ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Program.

SAFE is another information sharing partnership that targets fugitives who are subject to active criminal arrest warrants in their home countries and who are also amenable to removal from the U.S. Mr Coster concluded his discussion with an overview of ICE ERO’s presence and the role at the United States National Central Bureau (US NCB) of INTERPOL.