Pacific women officers urged to network and explore advancement

Fiji's Acting Commissioner of Police ACP Rusiate Tudravu shares a light moment with Pacific island officers at the Holiday Inn today. Picture: FIJI POLICE FORCE

THE week-long fourth Executive Regional Women’s workshop is being held in Suva and is attended by women police officers from nine Pacific countries.

While opening the workshop, Fiji’s Acting Commissioner of Police ACP Rusiate Tudravu urged the representatives to use the gathering to network and explore avenues of advancing policing in the region.

“The achievements of Pacific women police officers is quite impressive, with Fiji’s Unaisi Vuniwaqa becoming the first Pacific woman to become a United Nations Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioners of Samoa, Nauru and Tonga all being women, has given Pacific women officers great role models,” ACP Tudravu said.

“These are women officers who are considered game changers in the field of policing in the Pacific, and as mentors, your experience will be instrumental in moulding young women officers who may bring with them higher qualifications but lack the experience needed in the evolving policing landscape.”

He said while the hierarchy system may be an obstacle, the onus was on the officers to use the skills and knowledge gained during the workshop to find innovative ways of becoming great mentors.

Senior women officers from Fiji, Palau, Samoa, Nauru, Guam, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, and the Cook Islands are attending the workshop.

The workshop ends on Friday.

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