Police officers graduate from Pacific course

Wednesday June 06, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
Flight sergeant Leo Wiapo, chief instructor of the New Zealand Defence Force-led Pacific Physical Training Instructors Course, leads 22 soldiers and police personnel from six South West Pacific countries in an early-morning workout. PHOTO: Cook Islands Police. 18060502 Flight sergeant Leo Wiapo, chief instructor of the New Zealand Defence Force-led Pacific Physical Training Instructors Course, leads 22 soldiers and police personnel from six South West Pacific countries in an early-morning workout. PHOTO: Cook Islands Police. 18060502

Two officers from the Cook Islands Police graduated from the Pacific Physical Training Instructors Course last month.

Trainee constable Patella Tou and sergeant Apolo Miria travelled to Fiji early last month to partake in the month-long training.

The Cook Islands duo were joined by 22 soldiers and police officers from six different South West Pacific countries.

The course is the first of its kind to be held in the Pacific. It was hosted by the military forces of Fiji, in conjunction with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Trainees from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Niue, Papua New Guinea and Tonga were taught how to design and conduct a range of physical training classes, sport and recreational events, and fitness tests. It also included lessons on the principles of physical fitness.

Tou was awarded the ‘Best Aptitude Award’ for achieving the highest grades in application and testing.

Commissioner of the Fijian police, brigadier general Sitiveni Qiliho, presented Tou with an award to recognise this achievement. “The training is important for our police service and government,” said Tou.

Both officers passed the necessary training and are “looking forward to applying their newfound skills and knowledge” said a release.

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