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Canine detectives

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, July 04, 2014

FIJI police and FRCA have reiterated their commitment to protecting Fiji's borders with an MOU to share the capabilities of sniffer dogs from the New Zealand Police Force.

The four sniffer dogs will be shared between the force and FRCA for duties at the Nadi Airport borders.

And the two border patrol agencies hope this will increase their capability to detect and intercept drugs and other illegal substances before they enter the country.

Commissioner of Police Bernadus Groenewald said they had come up with a three-phased approach for the canine capacity after the New Zealand police reviewed the Force last year.

"The first phase is an inter-departmental approach at Nadi International Airport and I'm fortunate to say that you will have noticed that there was an arrest last night of a Chinese citizen who came in with meth," Mr Groenewald said.

"And I think if we complete this phase one — the deployment of narcotic dogs between police and Customs — we would be in a better position to detect these illegal drug smuggling into our borders."

FRCA CEO Jitoko Tikolevu said they had seen the numbers of narcotics interceptions increase and said Nadi Airport was a target for smugglers.

"For us at Fiji Customs, we are excited at the opportunity to finalise the MOU.

"It will give us strength and capacity to tackle some of the difficulties that we are facing at the moment," Mr Tikolevu said.








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