ASEAN Police chiefs discuss rising global policing challenges

Fiji's Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho in Brunei. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho is among police chiefs from other member-countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) attending the 38th ASEANPOL conference in Brunei.

Police chiefs and heads of key dialogue partners at the conference include China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the INTERPOL and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Also in attendance are Police chiefs and heads of observer partners from Fiji, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, FBI, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), EUROPOL and the ICRC.

Themed ‘Coherent As One, Facing Challenges’, the ASEANAPOL conference is as a platform for all ASEAN member countries, dialogue partners and observers to meet and synergize towards achieving one goal – to maintain peace and security of the region.

Discussions focused on policies and strategies being put in place to address rising global policing challenges noting the emergence of new crimes, increased technological advancements and the increase in movement of goods, services and people across borders.

Brig-Gen Qiliho who led the Fiji delegation said the Fiji Police Force had been active since our observer status at the ASEANAPOL was granted in 2016 – “simply because we could not afford to sit back and allow the criminal landscape to dictate our way of life”.

He said the theme of the conference was best way to fight transnational crime and the Fiji Police Force was appreciative of the opportunity to be an observer of the distinguished body.

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