Border security must be strengthened to combat drugs: Fiji's police commissioner

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-22 13:32:41|Editor: Xiaoxia
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SUVA, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Security at Fiji's borders must be strengthened regularly to ensure drug dealers and would-be traffickers do not outsmart the system, said Fijian Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho on Friday.

He told Fiji Broadcasting Corporation radio news that they are working closely with the Transnational Crime Unit to curb the illegal drug trafficking into Fiji's borders.

The Unit consists of the Revenue and Customs Service, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and other authorities responsible for protecting borders against illegalities, infringements and criminal activities.

Qiliho said the close cooperation between authorities increase the number of arrests.

"It's an ongoing process... You have to review it and come out with new solutions all the time."

The Fiji Police Force and three other nations last week launched a new task force to combat serious and organized crime, which operated in the Pacific region.

The Transnational, Serious and Organized Crime (TSOC) Pacific Taskforce will make it easier for member countries to jointly investigate and disrupt organized crime groups. The member countries also can share operational intelligence and strengthen cooperation to conduct expanded and complex investigations.

New Zealand's Police Commissioner Mike Bush said earlier Pacific police forces have already worked well together but it was time to take the cooperation to "another level."