Melanesian Spearhead Group members countries have taken another step towards the creation of a regional police force.
Senior police and government officials from MSG countries have begun a series of consultations on key outcomes of this year's MSG Police Commissioner's Conference.
A one-day meeting in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila yesterday will be followed in coming days by meetings in other MSG capitals of Port Moresby, Suva and Honiara.
A press release from the MSG Secretariat says the discussions will help officials more effectively contribute towards the implementation phases of the MSG Formed Police Unit and the MSG Regional Police Academy.
MSG leaders have mandated Fiji to take the lead role on the establishment of these two institutions.
The MSG Secretariat says the Unit and Academy are expected to provide specialised training, deployment of peacekeeping operations and enhance close police cooperation amongst MSG members and the Pacific region.