The Government of New Zealand continues to assist Vanuatu upgrade in the security sector and it has been acknowledged as one of the vocal development partners in supporting policing in Vanuatu.
This is evident when New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Mr Johnathan Schwass put pen to paper with Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat for New Zealand to provide further assistance towards human resource development.
The Memorandum of Arrangement which was signed recently was to seal joint efforts between the police of Vanuatu, New Zealand and Australia through a bilateral policing program of the New Zealand government into bringing in three senior police operation officers to be deployed to Vanuatu.
Mr Schwass confirmed two of the three personnel will be based in Port Vila while one will work with Police in Santo.
They will be supporting police leadership, particularly, community policing.
He noted that Community policing is the fundamental approach for the New Zealand.
Schwass added that this program will be a four-year commitment and will cost approximately Vt508 million.
In his response, Vanuatu’s Minister for national security expressed gratitude to New Zealand for its ongoing support to Vanuatu’s security.
Community policing includes engagement of police officers within communities with objectives to reduce criminal activities in the communities.
Mr Napuat who has been emphasizing a lot on community policing said the coming of the Police officers will strengthen this policy, which is deemed a priority for the portfolio under his leadership.