APIA: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2014: The Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN) will continue to be based in Apia following the signing this week of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Samoan Government.
The Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre Declaration was signed by PTCN’s Chair – Commissioner Maara Tetava of the Cook Islands and the CEO of the Prime Ministers Office Vaosa Epa during the Centre’s Board of Management bi-annual meeting in Apia this week.
The Board of Management discussed identified transnational organised crime threats facing the Pacific region and reviewed initiatives to detect, disrupt and prevent transnational crime.
The Board of Management comprises of five representatives, who are selected annually from the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police. The current Board of Management consists of:
1. Chair – Commissioner Maara Tetava (Cook Islands)
2. Acting Commissioner Juanita Matanga (Solomon Islands) – Melanesia Representative, who was represented by Deputy Commissioner Walter Kola
3. Commissioner Grant O’Fee (Tonga) – Polynesia Representative
4. Director Ismael Aguon (Republic of Palau) – Micronesia representative
5. Commissioner Tony Negus (Australian Federal Police) who was represented by Commander Clive Murray
The Acting Samoa Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu and representatives from the Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Police, United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Joint Interagency Task Force West also attended the meeting.
The PTCN provides an inter-connected, proactive transnational criminal intelligence and investigative capability to the Pacific. The network is a multi-agency law enforcement approach, primarily consisting of police, customs and immigration officers with close links to various other agencies.
The PTCCC has been based in Samoa since November 2007 and is the core of the PTCN. The PTCCC performs a critical role, in managing, coordinating and enhancing law enforcement intelligence, provided by the Network and other law enforcement partners and stakeholders. Officers are seconded to the PTCCC from all over the Pacific.
The PTCN also comprises of eighteen Transnational Crime Units (TCUs) based in thirteen Pacific Islands Countries. There are six AFP Advisors and a NZ Police Advisor based throughout the PTCN.