Last week Pacific Police Chiefs and their delegates met at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in Sydney for the biannual PICP Executive Leadership Team (ELT) meeting.

A welcoming event was held on the evening of the 3 February as attendees arrived from across the Pacific.  It was great to see familiar faces and meet new delegates in light of deepening concerns of the impact of novel coronavirus and recently imposed travel restrictions.

The meeting began on 4 February with the formal opening of the AIPM’s Pacific Faculty of Policing by Commissioner Reece Kershaw of the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The ELT included Commissioner Mike Bush from NZ Police and Acting Commissioner Iven Notte from the Nauru Police Force, with senior officers also representing the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the Cook Islands Police and the AFP. The meeting was Chaired and led by Fiji Police Force Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho. Also in attendance were senior members of the Fiji Police Force and observers from the Tonga Police Force, the AFP, NZ Police, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Presentations were made by the Pacific Fusion Centre, Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre, Pacific Security College, Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, and the United States Office Special Investigations.

The final draft of the PICP Strategic Plan 2020-2024 and the accompanying Women’s Advisory Network Strategic Direction 2020-2024 were both endorsed.  These documents outline the Chiefs’ united priorities for the next five years. Both strategic plans will now be finalised and formally released at the PICP Conference in August 2020 in Nadi Fiji.

Of particular interest was the presentation from the AFP on the Pacific Community for Law Enforcement Cooperation (PCLEC).  PCLEC aims to ‘place ownership of police capability development into the hands of the Pacific police’ and recognises capabilities in each jurisdiction as regional assets.  With the endorsement of the ELT, PCLEC will commence operations, with the first action being the nomination of a PCLEC National Coordinator in each PICP jurisdiction.

Members of the ELT will meet again in Nadi, Fiji, in mid-August 2020.

Photo: Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho with Superintendent Carl McLennan

The meeting was the last official function of Superintendent Carl McLennan in his role as Executive Director of the PICP Secretariat.  Carl has taken up the role of NZ Police Senior Liaison Officer, Canberra.  We wish him all the best with his new role.  Inspector Glyn Rowland is Acting Executive Director until the recruitment for a new Executive Director has been completed.