27 September 2023

AFP police make friends in Tonga

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has strengthened its ties with Tonga Police by providing new equipment to improve its capabilities and better combat transnational crime, domestic violence and child abuse.

The important new gear was delivered during a visit to Tonga by AFP’s Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan, the AFP’s first official visit since the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the visit, the AFP provided critical equipment needed to complete the final stage of Tonga Police’s radio project, including 178 handheld radios, eight base stations and a range of ancillary supporting equipment.

Assistant Commissioner Ryan toured the Tonga Police Headquarters where he was provided the opportunity to formally open the new Transnational Crime Unit, which will be used to undertake significant domestic and international investigations.

Assistant Commissioner Ryan also presented musical instruments and sound equipment under the Pacific Immediate Initiatives program, along with new name tags for Tonga Police uniforms.

He said the visit emphasised the strong collaboration and policing partnership between Australia and Tonga.

“Our commitment to enhancing Tonga Police’s capabilities reflects the enduring friendship we share with one another and our ongoing dedication to ensuring a safe and secure Pacific,” Assistant Commissioner Ryan said.

“The equipment provided during this trip will ensure Tonga Police is appropriately equipped to combat evolving law enforcement challenges across a range of crime types.

“As the AFP and Tonga Police continue to drive further improvements, we look forward to the ongoing exchange of valuable policing insights through the Tonga-Australia Police Partnership.”

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