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Issue No. 374 October 2013

World beats a path to our door

A warm welcome for Dr Farida al Shemali from Ian McLachlan, RNZPC Deputy National Manager
Photo: Penny Clevely, RNZPC

It has been a busy springtime for the International Service Group (ISG), with staff hosting a series of groups of top-level visitors from around the Pacific and beyond keen to see the New Zealand Police way of doing things.

At the beginning of September the Deputy Director of Dubai Forensics, Dr Farida al Shemali, visited Police National Headquarters (PNHQ), the E-crime lab and Royal New Zealand Police College (RNZPC) to see the latest advances in forensic technology and training.

Then 50 senior Royal Thai Police officers toured Counties-Manukau District, looking at Neighbourhood Support and community policing. A delegation of eight security officials from China visited PNHQ for bilateral talks on inter-agency collaboration and transnational crime.

This was followed by a senior government delegation of 24 from Vietnam, looking at the role of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) and New Zealand Police Professional Standards. This was the first time Vietnam had looked to New Zealand in this context and reflected Police's role in underpinning transparent and ethical government.

Rounding out the month, we hosted another group of 20 from Royal Thai Police who were here to learn about our approach to community policing.

Superintendent Stu Wildon, ISG National Manager, says such visits show the regard of our international partners for New Zealand Police in a variety of fields. "It speaks volumes for our international reputation that these busy people are prepared to make the long journey to see how we do things," he says.

He acknowledged the Districts and Service Centres for their contribution to the success of the visits. "They are resource-intensive but they do provide benefits in terms of cooperation in the international context."

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