French Experts Arrive In Vanuatu To Train

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Police For Conference
‘Small force’ to take on large safety

By Glenda Shing

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 10, 2012) – A four member team of National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) is here in Port Vila to assist the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) in conducting two weeks intensive close protection training, as part of their preparations towards the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States/European Union(ACP/EU) conference.

Coming all the way from France, the experts are with a special operations unit of the French Army. They would be conducting special skilled trainings on terrorist counterattacks, securing areas and buildings and close protection for the international delegates.

When addressing the experts in a brief gathering, Major Job Esau, Deputy Commissioner Police Management, mentioned that while VPF is a small force, they have a big responsibility to maintain law and order in the country, especially during the major event.

A senior officer in the force clarified that they already have knowledge in providing security, but, the main purpose to bring the experts over, is to conduct specific expertise in areas which they lack here.

Major Esau explained that the trainings are very important for VPF to upgrade their skills especially for those who would be engaged in the operation. "The force is expected to display a high standard discipline and work performance," he said. He added that the trainings will cover areas in Operation Concept which has already been prepared, specifically for the international meeting.

The briefing was attended by the senior officers of Police General Duty, Vanuatu Mobile Force and the Maritime. VPF has conducted in house trainings under the three formations, which included, communication in terms of using radio, phone and oral speaking, beat patrol, defensive driving, riot, venue security and crowd control, traffic escort ,traffic control, dressing standards , receiving reports information management , joint fire drill and traffic crush rescue exercise.

Speaking on behalf of the Police Commissioner, Job Esau expressed their appreciation to the French Government and the Vanuatu Government for the partnership agreement signed therefore, allowing such trainings to occur within VPF.

The ACP/EU will be held in June, and though it is roughly less than a month to go, Daily Post understands there is still no confirmed date for its official opening.

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