Four leadership courses have been delivered under the new Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) Leadership Framework – Rod Blong Waria Lidasip — to 121 members of the VPF over the last four weeks.

The Leadership Framework is made up of seven different modules that provide essential leadership skills for new recruits all the way to the Commissioner of Police. The courses delivered so far – Lidim Yu Wan – are focused on self-leadership.

Last Friday NZ High Commissioner, Jonathan Schwass addressed the most recent graduates, saying, the framework will support the VPF to develop its people throughout their careers. Leadership is not a one–off; each role one does will require a different type of leadership.

He said that to perform as a leader, one needs to add new tools to his/her toolkit and future courses under the framework will help the officers achieve that.

The fifth and last course will be held on the last week of February and this will complete the series of workshops under the framework.

Marie Vuke, one of the 12 female officers who attended the training said, “I like this course because it is offered to all force members in all the VMF ranks, including the new recruits. The course gives us insight in self leadership within the force and also at a community level.”

The Leadership Framework is being developed and implemented in partnership between the New Zealand Defence Force and the VPF, led by NZDF Leadership Mentor Shane Vooght. The Rod Blong Waria Lidasip will continue to be rolled out this year and beyond.

Here are some photos of last week’s graduation ceremony, which was attended by the NZ High Commissioner Schwass, high ranking officials within the VMF, training mentor Vooght and other invited guests.

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