19 Oct

Police Digital Recording Workshop

The Fiji Times Online:   A FIJI Police Force workshop which is aimed to equip participants with the knowledge of newly developed standard operating procedures for the digital recording of evidence began in Suva today.

The three-day First Hour Procedure and Digital Recording workshop was opened this morning at Suvavou House by the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and the Chief Justice, Anthony Gates.

A statement by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions states this is a pilot project which will be implemented by the Police from the Totogo Police Station from November 2016 for six months with the intention of implementing the First Hour Procedure and the digital recording of caution interviews throughout the country at every Police Station thereafter.

The knowledge gained will help during caution interviews and provide every suspect with legal aid assistance within the first hour of arrest known as the First Hour Procedure.

The digital recording of the caution interview can be later used in Court and will provide greater transparency in the arrest and detention procedure.

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