Fiji Police officers attend exchange program in Malaysia

PC Atunaisa Tuidrokadroka , PC Lasaro Turagadrau, Commissioner of Police Brig-Gen Sitiveni Qiliho, PC Ame Gavidi and PC Malakai Volau. Picture: SUPPLIED/Fiji Police

FOUR Police officers have left for Malaysia to be a part of a three-month exchange program to focus on a new dimension of exchange through rugby.

The program targets rugby development for the Royal Malaysian Police rugby team and the Fiji Police Force to use sports as a proactive tool to combat crime.

Fiji’s Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said it was the first exchange program between the two forces.

He said the responsibility was on the four personnel to maintain a high level of professionalism, and not tarnish the reputation and the newly-forged working relationship between the two institutions.

“This is a new dimension of police cooperation focusing on sports as Fiji’s reputation on the rugby field is known the world over. So if we do this well, it will surely open up more opportunities of exchanges where we can look at capacity building in other specialised areas of policing,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

The four officers will conduct rugby coaching clinics and participate as players for the Royal Malaysia Police rugby team in the local tournament during their stay.

The objective of the exchange program is to foster working understanding and relations and exposure to changes in contemporary policing.

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