The PPTAG was established in 2011 and currently has 15 members: Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand – all represented by their Heads of Training. The PPTAG is chaired by a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), currently Chief Joseph Cruz from the Guam Police Department.
The PPTAG’s primary objective is to enhance capacity development (training) programmes in the Pacific region, with the key areas of focus being on Leadership, Ethics & Integrity and Investigations.
The PPTAG meets biannually to discuss recent progress and developments in training, as well as to the highlight the outstanding training needs and challenges that exist across the region
Current priorities of the PPTAG include:
- Pathways for trainer development for Pacific police organisations,
- Policies and guidelines for effective training processes to determine suitability of training packages for PPTAG member countries,
- Training Needs Analysis in PPTAG member countries to form a regional baseline,
- Relationships with donors and other providers to ensure police training programmes developed and delivered are appropriate for the region,
- Operational Safety Training and Public Order Management Training,
- Investigations career pathway and detective designations,
- Succession planning framework
- Training programmes in diversity, intelligence and driver training
See here for news and items of interest from the PPTAG.