While undergoing training at the Fiji Police Academy, the regional recruits (52 women and 151 men – two women and four men from Tuvalu), were introduced to Fiji’s Early Access to Justice initiatives: The First Hour Procedure and Video Recorded Interviews. This was the second time this training was provided to new recruits at the Academy, a programme supported by the British High Commission and UNDP.
The training arises as a result of the ‘pilot’ of the First Hour Procedure and Video Recorded Interviews, which commenced in November 2016 at the Central Police Station and the Criminal Investigations Division in Suva, Fiji and has been ongoing since.
“We have learned technical skills and knowledge. The teaching and learning have been outstanding. Most importantly, we are delighted to take these lessons back to Tuvalu where we will share lessons learned with others and we will support other women recruits in Tuvalu get this opportunity,” said Officer George.
As a result of her hard work throughout the course, Officer George received the Commandant’s Award of ‘Most Improved Recruit’.
Tuvalu Commissioner of Police Luka Falefou, who officiated at the passing-out parade, said “diversity, inclusiveness and gender equality must be embraced in the Police, reflecting the values of our society.”
“It is important to develop the intellectual capacity of recruits to enable them to manage sophisticated police operations. This is a profession that both women and men can equally contribute to. Individuals’ talents, skills and knowledge, based on diverse backgrounds and experiences, are necessary for effective and sensitive policing,” he said.
With their dedication and determination to achieve higher standards, experience and confidence gained through dealing with professional challenges, women police officers in the Pacific are breaking through the glass ceiling and paving the way for young women recruits.
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Andrew Harrington, Programme Manager, Access to Justice, Rule of Law and Human Rights, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, tel: +679 331-2500; email: firstname.lastname@example.org