Cybercrime Investigation Training, Suva Fiji - 4 September 2023


A one-week cyber training facilitated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Australian Federal Police’s Cyber Safety Pasifika Program and New Zealand Police was officially opened by the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (D/CID) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Loraini Seru at the Fiji Police Academy this morning.

The training co-facilitated by the FBI Canbera Assistant Legal Attaché Special Agent Ryan MacFarlane, AFP Cyber Safety Pasifika Lead Nigel Wood, Cyber Security Specialist and NZ Police’s Enoka Feterika, and Special Agents Eliot Mustell and Thomas Breeden, is attended by Police officers and officials from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.

Outlining the course details was FBI Special Agent Ryan Macfarlane who said the training will provide the knowledge and skills needed to effectively combat cybercrime, protect critical infrastructure and build on existing partnerships with the region.

“The internet is both a blessing and a curse. The important thing to take away from this week is that we are a family and community, and to address these problems we will need to work together”.

Echoing similar sentiments during her official opening address was the Director CID SSP Seru who said, “It takes a community of investigators to address cyber crime. Cyber crimes and attacks are imminent and cannot be avoided, hence the need to step out of our reactive roles and be more vigilant towards building our capacities for consistent proactive approaches”.

The Fiji Police Force is thankful to the U.S. Embassy Suva for its continued support towards capacity building efforts for law enforcement in Fiji and the region.

4 September 2023