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Cyber Safety Pasifika (CSP), in collaboration with key partners, successfully conducted regional cyber capability development training in Nouméa, New Caledonia. From March 18th to 22nd, 2024, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) led two crucial training programs: the Cyber Awareness and Education Community Trainer program and the Cybercrime Investigation Foundation training program. These sessions were attended by law enforcement professionals from various Melanesian nations.
The training sessions strengthened existing partnerships with Pacific police organisations and strategic partners, including the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and progressed new collaborations with French law enforcement agencies, including the Police Nationale de la Nouvelle-Calédonie as hosts for the training. This collaborative effort signifies a unified regional approach to combatting joint security threats, including cybercrime, and promoting digital safety and security.
CSP, a cornerstone initiative under the Pacific Island Chiefs of Police (PICP) umbrella and led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), remains committed to building cyber capabilities in the Pacific region. Aligned with PICP's strategic goals and the AFP's regional commitments, CSP delivers crucial cyber capability development programs.
Key highlights from the recent training programs held in Nouméa include:
• Participation from policing agencies across Melanesia, including Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, underscoring the collective effort to address cyber threats in the region.
• Tailored training designed specifically for the Pacific region, supported by the Police Nationale de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, the Police Nationale de la Polynésie Francaise, Tonga Police, Nauru Police Force, and the New Caledonia Gendarmerie.
• Practical sessions conducted at College Badoux, a local school in Nouméa, focused on delivering digital safety presentations and fostering cyber resilience.
• Contributions from officers representing various agencies enriched the Cybercrime Investigations Foundation (CIF) program, which provided tailored content and modularized training for effective online investigations.
• The formal closing ceremony, hosted by the Police Nationale de la Nouvelle-Calédonie at the Police Academy, marked the successful conclusion of the training program. Esteemed speakers, including the Director of Cabinet and the Police Commissioner Jean-Marie Cavier, highlighted CSP’s significance in advancing cyber capabilities across the Pacific.

Through CSP initiatives, Pacific law enforcement agencies continue to enhance their readiness to tackle cyber threats, creating a safer digital environment for communities in the region.