Tackling drug trafficking

The three-day virtual training is aimed at developed skills and knowledge on critical elements relating to investigations of maritime drug trafficking cases. Picture: FIJI POLICE FORCE

Law enforcement officers from Fiji and Tonga are undertaking a maritime drug trafficking training in order to effectively tackle drug trafficking on their economic zones this week.

The three day virtual training is being facilitated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

It is aimed at developed skills and knowledge on critical elements relating to investigations of maritime drug trafficking cases.

Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said he was glad to see participation from fellow police and law enforcement officers from Tonga.

“I am truly appreciative of this opportunity for us to network and bounce ideas off each other so we are able to achieve increased effectiveness in our ability to tackle drug trafficking within our respective exclusive economic zones”.

He said the Pacific region was susceptible to the impacts of the illegal drug trade, and are impacted one way or the other.

Brig-Gen Qiliho reminded participants that the training opportunity provided by UNODC would improve collective efforts in protecting both countries and the Pacific from the impacts of the illicit drug trade, particularly as nations are still recovering from the global pandemic crisis.

“We need to utilise every opportunity to ensure we are not caught in a crisis within a crisis, as this will make work much more difficult and many generations will suffer if we do not act now.”

The UNODC training is being facilitated by Singapore Police Force former senior police officer, Raja Sekaran.

Mr Sekaran, according to a Fiji Police Force statement, has knowledge and experience in maritime policing operations, command centre operations and cyber-security operations, and was appointed as the head of the maritime training centre at the Singapore Police Coast Guard where he introduced technology and innovative solutions.

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