19 Mar 2014

MSG police commissioners aim to set up regional academy

2:50 pm on 19 March 2014

Police commissioners from around Melanesia say significant progress has been made on a regional police academy.

The Regional Police Unit will be based in Fiji and will cater for up to 160 police officers.

The commissioners from Melanesian Spearhead Group countries have been meeting in Fiji.

They also agreed to report to the United Nations on the setting up of a Formed Police Unit as a regional police force ready to be deployed to UN missions.

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Ravi Narayan, says the MSG is still looking for funding, but hopes to provide a service for all the Pacific.

"When we talk about the regional police academy it's about the countries in the region but we in this meeting we have also agreed that this will not only provide services to other MSG countries but it's open to all other countries in the South Pacific region."

Ravi Narayan says a working committee on the academy will meet in Vanuatu in a month's time and report back to the MSG.