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Officers undergo cultural empowerment training

July 16, 2016 8:23 pm

Out of the 1800 inmates currently incarcerated, 1400 are i-Taukei.

This has been confirmed by Fiji Correction Services Deputy Commissioner Superintendent Jo Kulinidilo following two-day cultural empowerment training.

He says with i-Taukei making up more than half the current prison population, there is a need to target i-Taukei issues and it has to start from the village and community level.

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Kulinidilo says the program provided training to senior FCS officers about the importance of knowing and taking ownership of their traditional roles and responsibilities and how to promote this issue to inmates.

The training was conducted by the i-Taukei Affairs Ministry’s Community Development Unit in an effort to address the i-Taukei population density in correction facilities.

Kulinidilo says the training was crucial and will have a significant impact on efforts to reduce the prison population count.

More than 40 senior officers attended the training which concluded yesterday.

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