30 Jul 2003

Australia signs agreement with Vanuatu to help police reform

11:15 am on 30 July 2003

Vanuatu's police commissioner says a new aid arrangement with Australia will help the force deal with recent disruptions, particularly those last year when four senior officers were convicted of mutiny.

The Vanuatu and Australian Governments signed an MOU this week aimed at improving the operational capacity of the police within the next 18 months.

Police Commissioner Rober Diniro Obed says initially it will see Australian advisors conducting a comprehensive review of the force's role, structure and future direction.

He says the assistance is important and timely.

"Over the past few months - notably last year - the policenforce had gone through a challenging period in its history. This is a project funded by Ausaid. It's beginning to bring the force together as one team. united against crime."