Officers undergo training on current trends of meth trade
23 June, 2019, 6:20 pm
A TWO-DAY training specifically focusing on the current trends in the illicit methamphetamine trade was held this week for Community Policing officers from the Southern Division.
The training was facilitated by the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department’s Drugs Unit Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Anare Masitabua and assisted by a Drug Enforcement Agency representative based at the United States Embassy in Suva.
The training is specifically focused on upskilling officers with the knowledge of identifying and disseminating targeted awareness on methamphetamine and emerging illicit drug trends.
Topics included the Fiji, Regional and World Drug Trends, types of methamphetamine and its identification, the deadly effects of methamphetamine and its short and long-term effects and the trafficking and types of concealment.
The training will be rolled out to other Units and Divisions, and community policing officers have been urged to use the knowledge gained to create awareness and enlist the help of members of the community to provide information about suspected drug related activities.
To date the Fiji Police has recorded successful seizures of methamphetamine as a result of information provided by members of the public.