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Friday, May 23, 2008

Pacific's top police officers train in Tonga

Police commanders and assistant commanders from the Pacific including Solomon Islands are currently being trained for the top job in a Pacific Regional Policing Training course that opened in Nuku'alofa on Monday.

The two weeks training jointly funded by the Australian and New Zealand Government was opened by Tonga's Minister of Police Hon Siaosi 'Aho, who told participants that the course held for the first time in Tonga, is important because it will deal with the issue of corruption.

The training will deal with the issue of corruption when covering Ethics and Integrity in Policing. It will also cover other issues such as Strategic Planning, Policy Development and Managing Budgets.

Bob Shaw, the Police Strategy Adviser of the Pacific Regional Policing Initiative PRPI who is conducting the training said this is the Executive Development level training aimed at preparing future police leaders.

The participants are all senior police officers from the Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Nauru and Tonga, and they will be prepared to go from middle management level to executive level.

Participants will be issued a Certificate at the completion of the course by end of next week.

Source: Matangi Tonga

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