AFP PPDP bilateral meetings

The bilateral meetings with the AFP Pacific Police Development Programme (PPDP) in Canberra on the 19th of August were successful.  Programme Manager Cam Ronald said “There is nothing quite so successful as sitting with colleagues and discussing their ideas and plans, and getting things together.”  Cam met with the new PPDP coordinator James Stokes who has completed two periods of duty in Timor Leste and most recently PNG. “His experience and his personal commitment to working in the region were clearly demonstrated” said Cam.  About 20 AFP staff attended a briefing session on PPDVP activities and a number took the chance to share their plans and thoughts, and to raise common points of interest, especially in the development of legislation with the Australian Attorney General’s Department work in developing police legislation.

The AFP Pacific Forensic Adviser, Peter Webster, took time to meet with Cam and to outline their work plans and especially the victim management work they have planned, to ensure that PPDVP links in with these.  “There is significant scope for greater interaction in this specific work area as time goes along” said Cam, with the potential for a greater focus on sexual and other forms of violence against families.

Federal Agent Leanne Lomas hosted the visit and with her special interest and knowledge in the areas of women’s affairs in pacfic police services, these avenues were discussed.  It is hoped that Leanne will attend the October training conference.

A planned meeting with the Australia White Ribbon Day committee did not eventuate so the chance was taken to discuss how the PPDVP and the PPDP will work together to support over 11,000 pacific police members on the 25th November 2010. International White Ribbon Day is a key anniversary date for the police and for the PPDVP.

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