January 26, 2016

Fiji Police expert helps Vanuatu

A senior Fiji Police expert is now in Vanuatu to assist law enforcers as part of Fiji's South-South triangular Pacific co-operation.

Dr James Kalougivaki, who heads the Fiji Police Force's Forensic Pathology Unit, not only has experience in forensic pathology, but has worked and trained under forensic experts from Australia on Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and Medico-legal Death Investigation.

He will share his expertise in the area of anatomical and forensic pathology with Vanuatu police.

Director International Affairs Superintendent of Police Ulaiasi Ravula said the request to send Dr Kalougivaki was not only an outcome of continuing co-operation between the Melanesian Spearhead Group of countries and bilateral partners Australia. It is consistent with provisions for sharing or resources and expertise through the wider Pacific Islands Chief of Police (PICP) network.

The Commissioner of Police is keen to further strengthen this co-operation and exchanges within Pacific region partners.

“The inter-Pacific relationships and assistance being supplied between countries continues to be strengthened and Fiji is grateful to Australia's support,” SP Ravula said.