U.S. Sponsoring Methamphetamine Drug Enforcement Training

On September 10, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman joined Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho in opening a two-week training to combat methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Office, trainers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will train 40 police and customs officers at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority Training Facility. The September 10-21 course was developed in close partnership between the U.S. Embassy, DEA offices in the United States and Australia, and the Fiji Police Forces, with participation from likeminded partners from the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions.

Through this training, participants will share best practices for investigating and searching laboratories, identifying chemical product supplies used for the production of illicit drugs, and techniques for safe processing of evidence. With a priority on safety, instructors will teach students how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during drug investigations and seizures.

At the opening ceremony on September 10, U.S. Chargé Goldman thanked General Qiliho for his leadership on the issue, noting that the training is the result of the Police Commissioner’s personal invitation. “We are honored to be hosting this training which will make Fiji much more effective in our joint fight against illicit and dangerous drugs in the South Pacific,” Goldman stated, “This training is the result of collaboration and close cooperation between our two nations.”

The topics of the Precursor Chemical Investigations Course training include: DEA Overview, Diversion Overview, Precursor Chemical Investigations, Diversion Auditing, Interview Interrogation, Manufacturing Methods, Toxicology, Introduction to Clan Labs, Chemical Hazards, Chemical Handling and Sampling, Physical Hazards, Personal Protective Equipment, Site Control (First on Scene), Respiratory Protection, APR Fit Test, Air Monitoring Decontamination, Tactical Considerations and Planning, Operational Planning, International Controlled Deliveries, and Mock Court.

In addition to this training, the U.S. Regional Security Office will be hosting a training for the Police Special Response Unit (PSRU) to participate in a Police Peacekeeping Training Course. The training will begin on November 5 with a three-week long Trainer Development Course followed by a three-week long UN Command Staff Course as well. In addition to the training instructors, the United States will also be funding a full-time permanent advisor from the UN to embed with the PSRU for the duration of the pre-deployment training.

For more information please contact: Regional Public Affairs Office at (679) 331-4466