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To scope a suitable Pacific Crime Prevention Programme for PICP members. Looking at “What does Prevention look like in a Pacific context?” It may consider working in partnership with the NZ 3P programme for sustainable outcomes.
The Pacific Crime Prevention Programme was drafted in 2015 and was discussed at the PICP conference in Niue. Although still currently in draft form the Pacific Crime Prevention Strategy has been distributed to PICP Members. There is currently no organized regional implementation of the programme.
The PICP Secretariat role is to support countries who want to use the draft strategy and adapt to their respective areas of Prevention, which is occurring in some countries.
History in last 5 years:
A proposal for a PICP Pacific Crime Prevention Programme was endorsed at the 2014 PICP Conference. Accordingly, a PICP Executive Leadership Team (ELT) member was appointed, and the PICP Secretariat (PICP-S) was tasked to tasked to conduct a project scoping phase in conjunction with the ELT lead, Commissioner Maara Tetava of the Cook Islands.
The prevention approach challenges law enforcement agencies to act in three different ways. The first is to move into having a prevention focus and move away from a reactive enforcement model. The second is for law enforcement to catch and deal with offenders more reliably and the third is to gain a better understanding of situation and context.
Research by Kaitiaki Research NZ indicates that although police organisations in the Pacific are open to Community Policing, Police themselves see this as a “Community Policing Team” as opposed to a whole of policing approach. Therefore they continue to focus on a reactive approach rather than the community engagement and mindset change required for prevention policing.
Current Projects and/or Focus
There is ongoing discussions between the PICP Secretariat and the NZ Police 3P programme manager in an endeavor to align Pacific crime prevention initiatives. These will continue throughout 2016.