Samoa’s Police Commissioner Attends 49th Pacific Chiefs of Police Conference in Fiji

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Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo is in Fiji to attend the 49th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police annual conference.

Hosted by the Fiji Police Force, this year’s PICP conference theme is “Workforce Well-being and Resilience”.

It is the first in-person Conference since 2019 and the Pacific Police Chiefs and Commissioners will be celebrating several milestones such as the 50th Anniversary of the PICP postponed from 2020.

Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo at 49th PICP Conference, Fiji.

The gathering also marked the 20th Anniversary of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network and the 10th Anniversary of the Cyber Safety Pasifika Programme.

“The annual conference is a chance for Chiefs of Police from around the region to come together to discuss common issues, share ideas and build areas of cooperation,” said Samoa’s Police Commissioner.

The first day of the 2022 PICP Conference saw heads of regional Police Forces talk about their organisation’s strategies in addressing workforce resilience and well-being.

Police Commissoner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo presents Samoa’s strategies to the conference.

The key note address was delivered by Dr Apisalome Talemaitoga who spoke on “Workforce Resilience & Wellbeing for a Safer, Healthier Blue Pacific”. He stressed the importance of finding the right balance in life and work.

Other speakers included the New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster who spoke on the “Four Pillars of Wellbeing in the New Zealand Police”.

Commissioner Iven Notte of the Nauru Police Force spoke on the topic “Fit to Serve, Reforming the Nauru Police Force to be Leaders in Physical Wellbeing and their approach on a Healthy Police, Healthy Communities”.

A presentation from the PICP Women’s Advisory Network was delivered by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bereta Naisua on the outcomes of their two day conference held earlier in the week.

Day 2 began with the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) Executive Director Technology and Innovation Madan Oberoi addressing the Forum.

“We have come together today to discuss the most valuable of all the resources available to the Chiefs of Police, our people”.

Mr Oberoi said the wellbeing and success of INTERPOL is dependent on the help provided to individual members.

“And we recognize the diverse threats that affect each INTERPOL region uniquely, there is no region where we can be complacent and we know that everyone has a role to play”.

Mr Oberoi acknowledged PICP member countries Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Federated States of Micronesia that had recently become INTERPOL members.

Speakers for the day also included the Fiji Police Psychologist Nicholas Fuata, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ulaiasi Ravula, Special Agent Michael Bryant Office of Special Investigations, FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Mike Brown, Niue Police Department – Faahi Gahua Leoleo ha Niue Chief Tim Wilson, Guam Police Department’s Lieutenant Rhodel Sevilla and Mr Terio Koronawa the Pacific Islands Forum Regional Security Advisor.

Source: Fiji Police Force

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