19 Mar 2014

MSG police pushing to increase women in the ranks

4:43 pm on 19 March 2014

Melanesian police have set new targets to get more women in their police forces.

Police commissioners from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia have been meeting at their fourth conference in Nadi this week.

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Ravi Narayan, says some countries have been leading the way, such as Solomon Islands, which currently has a female acting police commissioner.

He says Fiji is looking to increase women's involvement to 30 per cent, but the MSG group have set 20 per cent as a goal.

"Putting the figure up to 20 per cent and bringing some diversity to policing, taking women into leadership positions and creating a network of this particular group here and then basically we want to see that women progress in their career and that they're part of every police operation in every field or division we have."

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Ravi Narayan