NEW Zealand police are looking to re-engage its relationship with Fiji through its canine unit.
A team from the NZ police dog unit met the Fiji K-9 unit this week to look into ways of assisting the force.
"These are very early days but we are particularly pleased to look and scope what program is currently being run and if possible, where we might be able to offer some limited assistance," NZ police liaison officer Superintendent Ross Ardern said.
"Particularly in regards to a narcotics dog for the Fiji police and we are also interested if Fiji Customs have some involvement in this program.
" I stress that it is a first approach, it's an assessment and we are looking forward to a continuing work with Fiji police on this operational matter."
Fiji's relationship with the NZ police dates back to 1961 when the latter assisted in setting up Fiji's first K-9 unit with three tracker dogs and three handlers.
Since then Fiji police have been able to send officers to New Zealand for specialised training.
"Some of our capability gaps include training, lack of qualified handlers, training equipment and K-9 capabilities, and in the past we've looked to New Zealand for assistance which we must acknowledge has been forthcoming," said K-9 Unit officer-in-charge Inspector Ulaiasi Tuilevuka.
The team will visit K-9 units throughout the four divisions.