New Zealand, Tokelau Police Developing Strategic Plan

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

News Release

Tokelau Apia Liaison Office Apia, Samoa

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tokelau Police have joined forces with New Zealand Police under the Partnership for Pacific Policing Programme to enhance Policing within the region. This program aims at building a safer and more secured Pacific Island Countries.

The program targets to develop 3 main key activities for Tokelau Police.

These are to develop a Tokelau Police Strategic Plan, Introducing and promoting Pacific Policing Skills in Tokelau and Improving Tokelau Community Policing.

The New Zealand Police representatives namely Police Sergeant Terry Gibbons (Community Policing specialist) and International Project Officer Maima Koro are currently in Tokelau to consult with the Police and Communities to gather their views on priorities on police needs.

The outcome of these village consultations will enable the development of the Tokelau Police Strategic Plan. This Plan is very important for Tokelau as this will provide the platform of how New Zealand Police engage and provide assistance to Tokelau Police under this partnership program.

The Tokelau Judicial National Coordinator Lihe Hope Suveinakama commented that "The Tokelau Police Strategic Plan would tie in with the Tokelau National Strategic Plan outcome of building a safer and law-abiding Tokelau."

Tokelau has sixteen officers across its three islands.

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