Caption: INTERPOL-General-Secretary-Mr-Ronal-Noble-and-Police-Commissioner-Brigadier-General-Iowane-Naivalurua. Photo: MINFO.
Fiji?s presence and contribution towards the efforts International Criminal Police Organization?s (INTERPOL) in the region was praise today by the Secretary General of INTERPOL Mr Ronal Noble.
The chief of the global body highlighted that Fiji?s contribution and its active membership in the region has been met with significant success.
During his first-ever mission to Fiji, Mr Noble met the Minister of Defence Joketani Cokanasiga and Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua and highlighted the achievements of Fiji?s police force and defence system.
?Fiji clearly recognizes the added value of being an INTERPOL member and the country, its citizens and visitors are reaping the benefits of the country?s active involvement in global police cooperation,? said Secretary General Noble.
?Not only does Fiji provide fast and efficient support to the INTERPOL global network, but its law enforcement authorities have also shown their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in assisting other South Pacific countries, even when they are not a member of INTERPOL,? said Mr Noble, highlighting a recent case where assistance was provided to Vanuatu.
He was also accorded an iTaukei traditional ceremony of welcome and toured the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Suva which provides a crucial link to the global body.
The INTERPOL Chief also said as the only South Pacific country with a seconded officer at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, ?Fiji gains to strengthen its position among the global law enforcement community.
During his six-day visit to the region, Secretary General Noble met with senior police and government officials across three countries including Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Fiji.