Transnational crime a huge problem: Colvin
January 24, 2019 7:30 am
Transnational crime is a huge problem for the region.
During his visit to the Police Academy in Nasova, Suva yesterday, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin says he had discussions with Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and noted a number of common challenges.
“Clearly we have a number of common challenges, transnational crime is a challenge for everybody in this region. We know that illicit narcotics is a challenge in this region both in the transit sense but also in a local use sense.”
He says they are a wealthy country and with wealth comes an opportunity for crimes.
Colvin says they feel Australia plays a huge responsibility in helping our region.
“We know that a large amount of the drugs that pass through this part of the world are destined for an Australian market, so we have a responsibility to do our bit to help our regional neighbors.”
Colvin adds that there are wonderful opportunities for the two countries and the more they engage and exchange knowledge, the better they service various communities.
“Methamphetamine, cocaine is also a challenge for us in the region. I have permanently dedicated officers here who are working very closely at both the operational level and capacity building level.”
The Australian Police Commissioner will leave the country for the Solomon’s today.