Vanuatu police

Vanuatu officers suspended following police brutality

The video has been circulated widely on social media drawing criticism and condemnation from the public.

One of the officers is seen beating a young man with his baton while another officer is seen kicking a youth.

A third officer is seen climbing into the back of the twin cab and kicking the young men.

The incident allegedly took place during an arrest.

Police said the officers implicated will be seriously dealt with once investigation is complete.

Vanuatu Police warns public against gambling

The Force’s Crime Prevention Unit visited local communities to create awareness.

Vanuatu Police said, “Gambling is an illegal activity. A lot of women, men and youth are practising gambling-Bingo and Seven Lock.”

“Gambling can lead to social problems like domestic violence, assault, abusive words, damage to property and theft.”

Police are mandated under law to take action on anyone caught gambling.


Vanuatu Police confiscates 52 vehicles during festive season

The vehicles were booked due to drivers not carrying their licenses and also safety purposes.

The force also confirmed that nine others have minor accidents involving careless driving.

Acting Commander South, Superintendent Glen Mahina, is grateful to the people of SHEFA, TAFEA and Port Vila for their efforts in ensuring a peaceful celebration.


Vanuatu police arrest Big Bay homicide suspect

The suspect is in custody at the Correctional Centre awaiting a court hearing on Thursday next week.

The victim died in a domestic violence case.

Police are investigating three other cases of homicide during the festive period.


Over 70 arrested during Operation Noel in Vanuatu

Of all the alleged offenders, 41 are unemployed and aged between 20 to 48 years.

Police confirmed that they were arrested for offences such as intentional assault, domestic violence, possessions of illegal drugs, abusive language, threat to kill, criminal trespass, theft, idle and disorderly behaviour, obstructing Police officer on duty and intentional homicide.

“30 suspects were detained for drug cases from the age of 19 to 35 years old.”

Vanuatu Police launches Operation Noel for festive season

Police Commissioner, Robson Iavro has reminded all his officers to be vigilant during the season.

He said, “If there are police presence out on the streets, this would discourage members of the public to drink and drive.”

“It is also during this time of the year when a lot of people are travelling to the islands for vacations, therefore, people tend to take advantage of this opportunity to conduct criminal activities, stealing from properties, in particular.”

The police operation was launched on Friday.

Vanuatu Government granted access to Police Information Management System

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, Ishmael Kalsakau signed the document to grant the license.

The outgoing Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Sarah deZoeten was pleased to join Kalsakau, senior Vanuatu Government and Vanuatu Police Force to mark an important milestone for crime management in Vanuatu.

PIMS has been used by the Police Force since 2016 and enables them to better record incidents, manage investigations and maintain criminal history records as well as providing key data for informed decision making.

Vanuatu Police Officer creates history

PC Vocor graduated from the Royal Navy’s New Entry Officers’ Course, last week after spending the last five months training and learning the skills, knowledge and behaviour required to be an effective police maritime officer and leader.

She will now go on to learn the core skills required for safe navigation at sea.

Her training is supported by the Vanuatu and Australian Defence Corporation Programme.

PC Vocor hails from Santo.

She joined the VMF Recruit in 2019 at the age of 20 years.


Vanuatu’s Tongoa Island Police Post receives radio communication upgrade

Radio communication capabilities at the Police Post were recently upgraded by Australian Army Signallers and Vanuatu Police Force members.

The project was part of the Vanuatu Government National Emergency Radio Network, which installed and trained VPF members in Tongoa on both High Frequency radios and Very High Frequency portable radios.

Vanuatu Police said the radios will be very useful in the coming months during any cyclone or disasters.


Vanuatu Police promotes festive season awareness campaigns

Police have reminded the public to be safe and stay away from crimes.

The awareness campaign was conducted at 40 houses and two schools.

Police officers did house to house visits and spoke to about 100 members of the public.