28 September, 2020, 5:20 pm Central - 24°C Clouds

Fiji Police Force maritime search and rescue efforts to be boosted through supply of specialized equipment

Fiji Police Force maritime search and rescue efforts to be boosted through supply of specialized equipment

By Iva Danford
Monday 23/09/2019
[Photo:Fiji Police Force]

The Fiji Police Force maritime search and rescue efforts will be boosted through the supply of specialized equipment which includes vessels worth up to $6 million.

This comes after they signed off on a finalized procurement list with the Government of Japan for the supply of the equipment worth up to $6million under Japan’s Grant Aid “Economic Social Development Program.

In December 2018, the Government of Japan pledged its support towards the procurement of maritime safety and security equipment for the Fiji Police Force

The signing between the Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho and the Advisor and Country Assistant Division 1 at the Japan International Cooperation System, Kenji Maeda.

Qiliho says the Fiji Police is grateful to the Japanese Government in recognizing the need for the specialized equipment, as they are the first responders during any natural disasters considering our officers are based throughout Fiji.

He says the discussions held today between Maeda and their operations and administration team was to finalize the list of equipment ranging from diving apparel right up to specialized maritime equipment and vessels to be used in their search and rescue efforts and investigations.

The Commissioner says with Fiji becoming more prone to natural disasters, it was great to have the support of the Japanese Government in assisting the Fiji Police to improve its maritime capabilities in coastal areas and maritime islands with increased inter‑island movement.

The first delivery of equipment is expected to arrive in Fiji in six months time.


MH Moneygram
MH Online Shopping Banner

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
USP Grant
Govt withholds $27.7 million USP grant until a resolution on the highlighted ...
6 hours ago

Pollution in Suva
Serious concerns raised as research shows microplastic in fish and other seafood sources in ...
5 days ago

RKS students stage protests against their principal
Akbar says they hope to resume classes at RKS on Monday but this will depend on the recommendations by the investigating ...
21 days ago
Majority of the locals are not being consulted regarding foreign debt and economic activities - Archbishop Chong
The Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says major decisions are being made with little or no input from majority of the lo...
18 minutes ago
No job losses for USP staff - Ahluwalia
The University of the South Pacific Vice Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia has clarified that there are no job losses or pay cuts for their staff apart from ...
4 minutes ago

Prasad calling on government to revisit 2020/2021 National Budget
The National Federation Party is calling on the government to revisit the 2020/2021 National Budget to ensure that provisions are made for those who ...
11 minutes ago

Pacific Tourism Association receives $42,500 as part of the US Embassy's Economic Resilience Grants
The Pacific Tourism Organisation has received a grant of $42,500 as part of the US Embassy's Economic Resilience Grants. CEO Christopher Cocker ...
1 hour ago

HFC Bank now provides loan deferment to 25% of its customers compared to 50% in March
HFC Bank CEO, Rakesh Ram says the bank has now extended repayment deferments to 25% of their customers from the initial 50% in March. He says 53% ...
1 hour ago

Muavesi to spend 12 months in jail for corruption related offences
A former employee of the Department of Heritage and Arts, Rosalia Muavesi has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for corruption-related ...
2 hours ago