REGIONAL CRIME CENTER OPENS IN SUVA

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Port Vila Presse, June 16) - Pacifc Police Commissioners have established an office in Suva to combat transnational crimes in the Pacific.

Known as the Pacific Transnational Crime Centre, it will manage, co-ordinate and exploit law enforcement intelligence.

Fiji Home Affairs Minister Joketani Cokanasiga welcomed the establishment of the centre.

"This has come at an opportune time. What happened last week (drug raid) shows that the Pacific region is serious about combating crime," he said.

The Fiji Police Force is providing accommodation for the team and an intelligence officer and administrative support.

This office will oversee Transnational Crime Units already established in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Inspector Alanrow Banmatakaui, an experienced law enforcement intelligence officer from the Vanuatu Police Force will lead the team.

Team members for the centre will be from Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG and Samoa police forces.

Australian Federal Police agent Jared Taggart, an experienced intelligence analyst, will assist in the establishment of the centre and provide valuable mentoring and coaching..

One of the major roles of the centre will be to profile and target transnational criminal organizations and activity within the Pacific region.

It will also link with other major law enforcement partners both within and beyond the region.

June 17, 2004

Port Vila Presse: www.news.vu/en/

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