GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

(18 April, 2016)

“Hon. Prime Minister officially opened new barrack facility for Tonga Police”

The Hon. Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva officially opened the new Tonga Police Barracks at the Police Training School at Longolongo on Friday 15 April 2016.

Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the gathering that the opening of the new facilities has been made possible by the generosity of the New Zealand and Australian Governments, under the Tonga Police Development Program launched in 2007. The Development Program is to support the capacity and capability of the Tonga Police and to achieve a trusted and respected policing service to reduce crime and to build safe and secure community.  He also mentioned that the land behind the barracks will be used for the construction of a solar system to enhance the operational capacity of Tonga Police, through access to a reliable source of electricity twenty four hours a week.

Hon. Prime Minister conveyed the Government of Tonga’s appreciation for the continuous support towards the Tonga Police Development Program from the Government of New Zealand and Australia.

According to Australian Federal Police (AFP) Advisor, Superintendent Scott Moller, the facility will be a place where young men and women will commence their journey in policing and will help develop the future leaders for the Tonga Police.

The 20 rooms barrack are furnished with a bed, table, wardrobe, a chair and curtain with the training facility furnished with an overhead projector and white boards costing around $1.05 million and was designed by Kramer Ausenco Architects and constructed by the Yanjian Construction since March 2014. The facility will house female recruits in the new Police recruits intake to start in July 2016.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire, members of the Diplomatic Corps and distinguished guests from Government and the private sector.

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Hon. Prime Minister opened the Tonga Police Barrack

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Inside the Training Room

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Hon. Prime Minister with the Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire and the NZ High Commissioner, HE Ms. Sarah Walsh

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Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Mr. Andrew Ford

Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Mr. Andrew Ford

Police Commissioner, Mr. Steven John Caldwell

Police Commissioner, Mr. Steven John Caldwell

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