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Senior police officers undergo parliamentary workshop

Senior officers of the Fiji Police Force attended a workshop aimed at enhancing their knowledge of the Parliamentary processes and procedures. Facilitated by the Fiji National University the workshop titled “The Law, Parliament, and You” is expected to give the officers more knowledge of, and familiarity with, the fundamentals of the operation of the Parliament […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 26, 2016 8:58 pm

Senior officers of the Fiji Police Force attended a workshop aimed at enhancing their knowledge of the Parliamentary processes and procedures.

FNU’s Adjunct Professor of Governance and Ethics Professor Richard Herr (DEPFTO)
FNU’s Adjunct Professor of Governance and Ethics Professor Richard Herr. (FPF)

Facilitated by the Fiji National University the workshop titled “The Law, Parliament, and You” is expected to give the officers more knowledge of, and familiarity with, the fundamentals of the operation of the Parliament of Fiji as a law-making institution.

Workshop facilitator and FNU’s Adjunct Professor of Governance and Ethics Professor Richard Herr said the objective of the course is to develop a platform of knowledge and skills for personnel who need an understanding of the Parliament.

HERR: “The reason primarily for the bureaucracy is they (Fiji Police Force) have a special relationship with parliament in terms of parliamentary enquiries, committees which have to be funded so they have to advise their Minister on funding priorities and a whole range of issues.”

“Also they interact with the public about the laws that are passed by parliament so it is very important that the bureaucracy understands the system and understands it well.”

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Assistant Superintendent of Police Vinod Lal and Chief Administration Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Itendra Nair. (FPF)

Professor Herr said knowledge of citizenship is important for all Fijians.

HERR: “Because we had a special mandate in our programme for dealing with Parliament and these officers will have to advise their Minister or advise senior officers who prepare submissions that go to Parliament or answer questions for Parliament.”

Participants will be taught both theoretical and practical knowledge of the basis and nature of the Fijian parliamentary system.

The workshop is funded by the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Programme.

Today’s session is the first for two groups of senior officers and the workshop ends tomorrow afternoon.

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