Security is one of the main components of all of the services at the 10th Pacific Mini Games and it plays a vital role in ensuring a safe environment for a safer Games.

Security Coordinator Job Esau announced that there are two entities that are working alongside Van2017 to provide a Standard Security Services prior to the delivery of the Games in December.

Van2017 has approved to call on two security entities such as Private Security firms that are operational in the Capital, and secondly to engage with Community Security Services. This will fall in line with the Van2017 Legacy Plan.

Mr Esau explained that these security stakeholders are expected to provide services in various areas such as the security of the Games Athletes, VIPs, Officials, Sports Ministers from 24 countries from around the Pacific Region, Games Villages and Games Venues. It is also planned that during the Games, the two security entities will stage security on Fields of Play, Surveillance and access controls.

He also added that Private Security firms and Community Security Services will have apresence at Games Venues and Games Villages, while the Vanuatu Police will provide support in boarder control and traffic, for which a Traffic Operations Plan will soon be developed.

This week, a security planning meeting is underway with Vanuatu Police Force to revise the existing Vanuatu Police College Security Training Modules.

It is expected that about 300-plus applicants will be trained by the Vanuatu Police College, National Disaster Management Office,Vanuatu Fire Service, in areas of Fire safety, VMF medical team to provide First Aid.

Included in the training modules is Customer Service, and Emergency Evacuation procedures at the Games Venue and Games Villages.

These trainings will allow trainees to understand the difference in Environment between the Games Villages as peaceful and comfort areas, and Games Venues where there will be crowd agitations and reactions, and people movements.

During his remark on the planning meeting, Van2017 CEO Clint Flood asked for an effective security coordination that guarantees Van2017 standards and requirements in line with the Games Security Standard.

For Van2017, Security Guards are to be seen as “:Good Hosts”, to embrace and feel part of the Games, how to handle and deal with incidents, understand clearly the boundaries of their jurisdiction before they call for Van2017 staff or Police assistance, and apply the usual chain of command.

As part of showing a presence in various locations, three Police Command Centres will be established at Korman complex, Lycee Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and the Convention Centre.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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