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Victim identification

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, May 24, 2014

TWENTY policemen from around the four divisions are able to identify the deceased or victims of tragedies or accidents after a disaster victim identification course that was held at the Fiji Police Academy in Suva.

Four officers from the New Zealand Police Force conducted the two-week Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) course.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said this was the first course to be organised by the New Zealand Police Force since the relationship between the two countries normalised last month.

"The objective of the course is to equip the officers who may be required to respond to a DVI incident with the knowledge and skills required to function within a DVI structure," Insp Sokomuri said.

He said at the end of the two-week course, participants would be expected to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the DVI process, demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate legislation and also understand police role on DVI.

Insp Sokomuri said police would be able to understand the international and Interpol DVI procedures and working in an international setting, and also demonstrate the ability to use appropriate safety equipment and safe practices.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan said police needed to learn as much as they could from the New Zealand police who were conducting the course.

"Learn as much as you can and make sure you practise what you learn when you return to you divisions after the course," he said.

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