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Lord of Wimbledon visits Fiji CID

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Update: 2:46PM UNITED Kingdom's Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations and Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Wimbledon visited the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters in Suva.

He is here to gauge and see the progress on the work of the video recorded interviews project.

The video recording and first-hour interview processes that were adopted by the Fiji Police Force was introduced in November last year. 

And since that introduction, the UK government had been working closely with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in facilitating the training of police officers and representatives of law enforcement agencies.

In a Police statement issued today, Lord Ahmad said he was happy with the way the Fiji Police Force was progressing with the pilot projects.

"I'd like to thank you for facilitating our assistance and as much as we are delighted to assist with the pilot period, we do hope to extend beyond that and ensure that it becomes part and parcel of the general operations," Lord Ahmad was quoted saying in the statement.

The video recording and first-hour interview rooms were introduced as a means of strengthening the Fiji Police Force's capacity and compliance of Fiji's ratification of the United Nations Convention against Torture.

It is being piloted at the CID Headquarters and the Totogo Police Station both based in Suva.

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