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Fiji Police Launch GIS Crimes Database Aided by SPC Geoscience Experts

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Dr Wolf Forstreuter from Pacific-Community-SPC's Geoscience Division acknowledged the wonderful cooperation with the Fiji Police Force and said that Fiji was a forerunner of GIS usage in law enforcement in the Pacific region and they would be looked up to, to provide guidance for other regional law enforcement agencies who may also consider doing the same.

Fiji Police Force officials who were present were: ACP Biu Matavou, CII; SSP Semis Bokadi, Dir CID; SP Eparama Waqa, D/Dir CID; Actg SP Mahen Shyam, D/Dir Plans; ASP Ilaitia Caginavanua; ASP Uate Rogo, Manager IT; Actg ASP Eseta Lewabeci, OC Stats; IP Lagi, Plans Unit; Cpl Pauliasi, Plans Unit; WPC Kinisimere; WPC Seini; Mrs Rasila; Mrs Singh and Ms Ana Naisoro the Media Advisor.

Pacific-Community-SPC representatives present were: Dr Wolf Forstreuter the GIS/RS Team Leader; Mr Sachindra Singh, the Senior Geospatial Systems Architect for SPC's ICT for Development team; Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya a GIS/RS Specialist and Elenoa Diani also a GIS/RS Specialist.

The Police Commissioner's statement also highlighted that an option seriously being considered was investment in technology.He also stated that with the system launched, the ball was in their court and that they could not afford to let this system sit idle. As a token of the Fiji Police Force's appreciation to the SPC GSD team, a plaque was presented to them.

He also stated that the project was long overdue because as an institution that relied heavily on information and intelligence driven strategies to prevent crime, the advent of modern day technology was something they should have taken advantage of sooner. Especially if the system helped in instant crime analysis, deployment techniques, active enforcement of trivial crimes, monitoring of emerging patterns, and accountability programs for law enforcement managers.At the GIS Crimes database launch this morning, the Police Commissioner's representative, ACP Biu Matavou, on behalf of the Commissioner said that it was a major milestone for the Fiji Police Force and that they were grateful to the SPC Geoscience Division of the Pacific Community for the generous and overwhelming support shown to officers throughout the year which enabled them to get the Geographic Information System up and running.

The Police GIS Crimes Database would be a first for a law enforcement agency in the Pacific to branch out into this domain, and their perspectives may provide valuable learnings for the Pacific region.
The Police Department's GIS Project Leader, Actg ASP Eseta Lewabeci the OC Stats, will be presenting at the Pacific GIS/RS Conference next Wednesday at 11:00am at the USP Japan-Pacific ICT Centre.
This morning the SPC GSD team attended the official launch of the Police GIS Crimes Database at the Fiji Police Force HQ complex.Fiji Police GIS Launch

Last Updated on Monday, 19 December 2016 12:13  

Newsflash

Suva, 22 March 2013: The Pacific joins the rest of the world today in celebrating World Water Day 2013 in a spirit of cooperation and partnership. This occasion provides a moment to reflect on our precious water resources and on our role in their management and protection.

World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March each year to help focus the world’s attention on water and sanitation. This year is also the International Year of Water Cooperation –the global theme for World Water Day this year. This theme has enormous significance for the Pacific, a region where water management is a critical development issue with profound implications for economic growth, human rights, public health and the environment. To put the scale of the issue in context, it has been estimated by UNICEF and WHO that little more than half the population of our region has access to improved drinking water and sanitation.

The Pacific theme for World Water Day is Building Water Partnerships for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Water issues and concerns, such as the inequitable distribution and unsustainable use of water resources, cross many boundaries, communities and levels of governance. Furthermore, resource management in the Pacific also needs to account for traditional and cultural approaches often tied closely to land and nearshore coastal area management. These approaches also extend to the management of water and sanitation. Navigating through all this can be challenging and achieving any lasting success requires effective cooperation between multiple actors across many levels.

Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), said that cooperation is crucial not only to ensure the sustainable and equitable distribution of water but also to foster and maintain peaceful relations within and among communities. He further reinforced the need to strengthen water partnerships already in place across the region to help secure safe water and sanitation for all.