Police receive $5.5m worth of equipment
March 2, 2021 11:30 am
[Source: Fijian Government]
Police search and rescue efforts, as well as drug operations, have been boosted by $5.5 million worth of Maritime Safety and Security equipment.
Defence Minister, Inia Seruiratu says the assistance from Japan has arrived at the right time as Fiji battle COVID-19 and recurring natural hazards.
Seruiratu adds that Fiji continues to share a strong relationship with Japan, particularly in areas of national security.
The Minister is optimistic that Japan will continue to provide capacity building opportunities to enhance the skills of law enforcement officers.
“The handing over formality also marks another milestone in both our countries relationships particularly in the field of national security and policing where our engagements have been progressing. The Fiji Police Force has gained a lot in terms of technical assistance such as this, professional development and capacity building programs for Japan.”
Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Kawakami Fumihiro, says they will always prioritize Fiji’s need to boost resilience against the pandemic and work towards disaster risk reduction.
“Japan has been assisting Fiji in various areas but this is the first time to assist in the area of maritime law enforcement. So this project is symbolic which shows strengthening and widening of support for Fiji.”
Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu, says the new equipment will boost their operations across Fiji.
The equipment includes patrol boats which arrive in June, rescue boats, diving system and underwater rescue systems among others.