28 May 2007

Tongan PM gets police assessment report

1:46 pm on 28 May 2007

An assessment report on the operation of the Tonga Police Force has been presented to the Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, by the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand.

The news website Matangitonga says the two High Commissioners expressed the willingness of their two countries to work together with Tonga and raise the standard of its police force.

The Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Hunt, said that the report was only a draft with recommendations, and they were looking forward for comments and reactions from the Tongan government.

He said the next stage was to establish a dialogue between the three governments on how to improve the operation of the Tongan Police Force.

The report is the outcome of the work of a seven-member team, made up of three Australians, three New Zealanders and one Tongan, who were in Tonga for two weeks in February to carry out the assessment.

The Prime Minister said he made the initial expression of the need to reform the police to the Australian foreign minister when he visited Tonga two years ago.

Dr Sevele said that the events of November 16th expedited the process.