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Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP)


Wellington, New Zealand

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Short description

The PICP facilitates training of its members’ police forces and seeks to improve information sharing and cooperation among them to enhance their three broad strategies of ethics and integrity, regional cooperation, and sustainable capacity development.


The PICP is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, New Zealand Police, and Australian Federal Police. The organization has received supplemental support from the US government for its armouries project.

The PICP has its origins with the South Pacific Chiefs of Police Conference (SPCPC), which was created in 1970. The original members were British Solomon Islands (now Solomon Islands), Fiji, Gilbert and Ellice Islands (now Kiribati and Tuvalu, respectively), Nauru, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), and Tonga. The SPCPC’s membership had expanded to 16 by the end of the 1970s, while five additional states joined between 1990 and 1992. The organization assumed its current name in 2005 to better reflect the composition of its membership. The PICP suspended Fiji in December 2006.


21 members (14 are UN member states)

  • Current members*: American Samoa, Australia, CNMI, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

PICP members represent:

  • 21 of 24 OCO members (Norfolk Island, Timor-Leste, and Wallis and Futuna are not PICP members)
  • 16 of 16 PIF members (American Samoa, CNMI, French Polynesia, Guam, and New Caledonia are not PIF members)

* Information accurate as of 4 May 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Dave Potaka
  • Secretariat Officer


PoA-related activities

The PICP has been training the region’s police forces for 40 years and promoting best practices and information sharing to promote law and order and combat transnational crime. Besides possessing expertise and providing frameworks for meetings, seminars, and working groups, the Secretariat also assists its members with generating financial support for their programmes and initiatives. During the 1980s and 1990s, 12 PICP members received 22 patrol boats under PICP auspices to help protect these countries’ fisheries. In 2005 the PICP worked with nine of these recipients’ police forces to use these PICP-procured patrol boats for broader law enforcement purposes and to share information among their police forces, as well as other bodies, including customs, the military, and immigration. A more recent project of particular relevance to the PoA concerns strengthening the region’s stockpile management practices. The PICP reviewed the safety of its members’ police armouries and identified those most in need of enhancement. It obtained financial support to upgrade depots in six of its members. As of August 2011 new safes had been installed in, or structures built for, five members’ police services: Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, and Tuvalu. The PICP has drafted and shared a model armoury and firearms policy for the recipients of this equipment and new buildings.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

The PICP participates in the Working Group on Border Management Issues (WGBMI) and the Working Group on Information Sharing (WGSIM) (comprising representatives from four other regional organizations: OCO, the Pacific Immigration Directors Conference (PIDC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and the PIF Secretariat (PIFS). Working group meetings discuss mechanisms and processes that Pacific police forces can use to share information on all crime types, including firearms offences.

Legally binding regional instruments

  • None

Other official documents of interest

  • None


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