AFP and PPDVP agree to work together on domestic violence in Micronesia

Programme Managers Frank Clare (AFP) and Cam Ronald (PPDVP) with AFP and PPDVP staff at the signing of the agreement.

Australia and New Zealand join forces to combat domestic violence in the pacific

 The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the New Zealand Police have agreed to work together and support the pacific police services through the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP).  The PPDVP is a joint initiative of the New Zealand Government, NZ Police, and the Pacific islands Chiefs of Police.  The programme aims to increase the capacity of pacific police to work effectively against reported instances of domestic violence and to achieve this through partnerships with other agencies and the community.

 

 PPDVP Programme Manager Cam Ronald welcomed the agreement with the AFP – “The PPDVP has had a strong focus on the Polynesian countries and especially those near to New Zealand.  We have also assisted other pacific police services, including those in Micronesia, but at a reduced level of support.  Having the AFP come on board with their focus on the Micronesia police services ensures a standard approach across the pacific to reduce the harm caused by these crimes.”

 The Micronesian police services include the Republic of Palau, the four police forces in the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  The Guam Police Department also supports these police services.

 In signing the agreement for the two police services to work together in this unique arrangement, AFP Pacific Police Development programme coordinator, Superintendent Frank Clare said “Working with the PPDVP who have established procedures and processes in place allows the AFP to meet our commitments in the region and to support the overall enhancement of police services in the northern pacific. This is the first such agreement between our Police Services and it demonstrates our common interests in working with the pacific police and their communities.”

 The agreement will come into effect on 1 January 2013 and is for four years.  The first deployment of the AFP and the PPDVP will occur in February, following familiarisation and training with PPDVP in New Zealand and with the Programmes regional partners in Fiji in January.

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