On Friday 8 May 2020 Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sarah deZoeten, handed over equipment to Vanuatu Acting Police Commissioner, Robson Iavro, to support the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) to deliver policing services in Tropical Cyclone Harold affected areas.
The VPF requested support from the Australian Government to respond to incidents in communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold.
Australia donated a range of equipment to the Vanuatu Police Force including laptops, mobile printers, external hard drives, first aid kits, hygiene packs and ration packs.
The equipment will help VPF teams deploy to the islands of Ambae, Ambrym, Pentecost and Malekula to respond to incidents, including domestic violence. Six female and six male police officers will conduct the work.
These deployments will ensure that victims of violence maintain access to justice, throughout these difficult times. VPF is prioritising the safety and security of all communities affected by TC Harold.
Australia is a longstanding partner of Vanuatu in the security sector. Through the Australian-funded Vanuatu Australia Policing and Justice Program, Australia and Vanuatu work together to support the Vanuatu Police Force to provide policing services across the country.
PHOTO CAPTION: Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sarah deZoeten, hands over equipment to Vanuatu Acting Police Commissioner, Robson Iavro.