Tuesday, 5 December 2006 - 12:06pm |
National News

Police open liaison office in Beijing

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New Zealand police are looking forward to establishing closer relations with law enforcement agencies in China with the opening of the Police Liaison office in Beijing today - Tuesday 5 December 2006. The Police Minister Annette King and Police Commissioner Howard Broad will attend the opening ceremony.

This is an important step under the umbrella of New Zealand and China's growing relationship which covers a wide range of co-operative areas between the two countries, said Commissioner Howard Broad.

"New Zealand is experiencing significant growth in the numbers of migrants, tourists and students from China and it is important we develop greater understanding of the culture and expectations these people bring to New Zealand," said Commissioner Broad.

"The opening of this office and the appointment of a very experienced senior police officer, Superintendent John Doyle, to this position will play a vital role in strengthening the relationship and understanding between us."

Superintendent Doyle will be working with his Chinese counterparts on ways to improve the safety of Chinese visitors and migrants to New Zealand, and the safety of increasing numbers of New Zealanders in China.

China and New Zealand face common threats from transnational criminals. It is critical to develop a better understanding of those involved in criminal activities operating between the two countries. Closer working relationships and co-operation between law enforcement agencies is a fundamental element in effectively countering threats from transnational crime syndicates who are applying sophisticated business approaches to crime.

With China hosting the 29th Olympiad in 2008, New Zealand Police will be in a position to provide appropriate support to China in hosting a successful Games, and assist with the safety of New Zealanders attending or participating, said Commissioner Broad.

This police liaison office will form part of a network of 10 staff based in 8 countries, and will be based in the NZ Embassy Beijing.