NZ home to Chiefs of Police
New Zealand is home to the secretariat for the Pacific Islands
Chiefs of Police (PICP), which represents 21 national police services
in the Pacific
Founded in 1970 as the South Pacific Chiefs of Police, the organisation
was renamed last year to better reflect its expanded pan-Pacific membership.
Membership is open to national police services of Pacific countries
and territories. The current 21 members range from the Commonwealth of Northern
Mariana Islands in the north, New Zealand in the south, French Polynesia
to the east, and the republic Palau to the west and represents more than
75,000 serving officers.
PICP Secretary, NZ Police's Superintendent Cam Ronald says the purpose
of the PICP is to foster cooperation and share information and experience
amongst member organisations.
A big part of the Secretariat's work is liaison with other agencies
with an interest in law enforcement in the Pacific region and elsewhere.
"The PICP provides a voice for member nations on law enforcement issues
and develops strategies to combat emerging tends in transnational and other crime," explains
"In the current environment transnational crime and its effects are a significant
law and order concern."
Currently the PICP is focusing on two key areas: domestic or community-based
policing and transnational crime.
"We work closely with the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre and
transnational crime units (TCUs) in the region to share information." See
"However, the capacity to investigate and combat transnational crime needs to
be built on robust community policing skills. Day-to-day domestic crime can significantly
impact on law and order in the region," says Cam.
"Developing policing capability in the region makes up a large portion of the
PICP's work and we are working with other agencies, such as the Pacific
Regional Policing Initiative, to develop training programmes and share best-practice."
Each year the PICP seconds project officers from Pacific police services to work
with them on various projects.
This year officers from the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa
have worked on integrity and women's issues projects for periods of up
to eight weeks.