NCIS trains Fiji’s CID officers on sexual assault investigations

Fiji Police CID officers at the Advanced Sexual Assault Investigation training in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

FIJI is fortunate to have the support of renowned international law enforcement agencies who understand the importance and need for cooperation.

These were the words of Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho while opening the Advanced Sexual Assault Investigations training program conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), US.

The training had more than 20 officers from the police force’s Criminal Investigations Unit, majority of whom were women.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said the mention of the NCIS unit would generate a lot of public interest.

“Many will be quick to ask, why work with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, why not the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other law enforcement agencies,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

He said over the next few days, members of the Police Force would be able to gain more knowledge and expertise in investigating sex crimes which has been labelled by our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as a “national shame”.

“Through this training, I am optimistic that we will be able to boost our white-glove approach in creating awareness about sex crimes.”

NCIS Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge Carl Tamura stated that the officers would be able to build their capacity in terms of how they respond to victims of sexual assault and how to hold offenders accountable through this training program.

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