Fiji Police Force Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho acknowledged the support and said, ”The beds and beddings provided through UNDP’s project will strengthen the Force’s compliance efforts and assist officers to meet increasing operational demands.”
He added that the Fiji Police Force also had a plan to utilize those beds to accommodate persons in temporary custody when required.
Levan Bouadze, Resident Representative of UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji said, “We are pleased we are able to support the Fiji Police Force especially during the COVID restrictions. Thanks to the funding from New Zealand, UNDP has already handed over several equipment to the Fiji Police Force including personal protective equipment. We hope it will help reduce the risk of virus spread and make the work of the police force compliant with all COVID protocols”
The Fiji Police Force Support Project aims to strengthen transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the Fiji Police Force, in collaboration with key justice stakeholders and civil society organizations. To support the Force to strengthen the rights of persons in early stage of criminal procedures, the project recently provided the digital equipment for Video-Recorded Interviews, specifically designed for law enforcement with state-of-the-art information and communications technology. The video-recording equipment has been installed at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarter in Suva and being configured for implementation following expert training on Video-Recorded Interviewing with support from the New Zealand Police this year.
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