As this year draws to a close, we reflect on a very busy year. Together we have seen the Vaka continue to move forward and improve its efficiency and effectiveness in meeting the many challenges in its journey towards the future.

To highlight a few success stories during the year.

PICP Conference

This year the PICP conference was held in Niue 18 – 20 August 2015. A tight and busy agenda saw nineteen Commissioners or their representatives attend with a number of stakeholders and observers.

Chief of Police Tony Edwards and his team in Niue hosted the conference. The Chairmanship was handed over to Chief Edwards by Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement on behalf of Commissioner Mike Bush NZ Police.

PICP-S would like to acknowledge Commissioner Bush and Deputy Commissioner Clements support throughout New Zealand’s term as the PICP Chair. The theme of the conference was “Taking Ownership – Driving Change.” Much of the conference was lead by members of the Executive Leadership Team challenging members to become even more aware and involved in programmes run in the Pacific.

A focus was also given to disaster management, again highlighting how vulnerable the Pacific can be to crime and natural disasters and the need for us all to work together for a safer pacific.

Please note that the 2016 PICP Conference and PICP WAN Chairs meeting will be held in Tahiti (French Polynesia) the week of 18 – 23 September 2016.

Executive Leadership Team (ELT)

Thanks to members of the ELT for providing support and guidance to their respective programmes. The ELT concept is new to the PICP and we are working through consolidating many of the new processes over the next few months.

Chief Ismael Aguon from Palau gave up his position with the (PPTAG) Pacific Police Training Advisory Group due to other work commitments. This position was kindly taken up by Chief Joseph Cruz of Guam.

The next ELT meeting is scheduled for 15 -16 March 2016 in Brisbane Australia.

Women’s Advisory Network (WAN)

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 5.39.10 pmA successful WAN conference was held in Auckland NZ between 22- 25 June attended by over 80 delegates. A new concept is being introduced in 2016 where WAN conferences will be held every second year, with the WAN Chairs meeting taking its place in the alternate year. The WAN Chairs meeting will be timed to run simultaneously with the PICP Chiefs annual conference in the same location.

Chief/Commissioner Changes

There have been eight changes of Chiefs in the PICP during the year.

  • America Samoa – Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele appointed in February after replacing Bill Halleck.
  • Samoa – Commissioner Egon Keil was appointed in March.  
  • Tonga – Commissioner Steve Caldwell was appointed in April after replacing Commissioner Grant O’Fee.
  • Guam – Chief Joseph Cruz appointed in May after replacing Chief Fred Bordello.
  • Papua New Guinea – Commissioner Gary Baki was appointed in May.
  • Marshall Islands – Commissioner George Lanwi retired in October after serving 17 years as Commissioner. A replacement is yet to be made.
  • Fiji – Commissioner Ben Groenwald retired in November and his job is being advertised next year.
  • Vanuatu – Commissioner John Taleo was appointed in November after several acting members were in the role.

We therefore welcome Save Tuitele, Egon Keil, Steve Caldwell, Joseph Cruz, Gary Baki, and John Taleo.

We formally farewell former Commissioners Bill Halleck, Grant O’Fee, Fred Bordello, George Lanwi and Ben Grownwald. The PICP acknowledges their services over many years to their jurisdictions and we wish them all the very best for the future.

Merry Christmas

And in closing, on behalf of the PICP Secretariat, thank-you all for your contribution and support given to the PICP during 2015. We wish you all the love and joy of the holiday season to you and your family.

Stay safe, be happy, relax and enjoy.

Nga mihi nui,

Warm Christmas Greetings from the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat.

Kind regards
Waata, Kevin, Jonny, Bruce, Carol, Riki

See you all in 2016.