24 Jan 2019

Nepotism concerns prompt change to Vanuatu police recruitment

2:10 pm on 24 January 2019

Concerns about nepotism have prompted new proposals for recruitment to the Vanuatu police force.

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Photo: RNZ / Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor

The minister for national security Andrew Napuat said a policy paper to amend the Police Act has been prepared including removing the power to select recruits from the Police Commissioner and his team.

The Daily Post said the new policy sought to appoint an independent body to take over the responsibility.

The minister said the amendment was necessary to stop nepotism or what he refers to as "family business".

The minister said the amended Police Act would ensure new recruits come from all six provinces.