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Law enforcement agencies

Jowitt, Anita L. and Kim, J. (2014) Law enforcement agencies. Transparency Vanuatu, Vanuatu. (Unpublished)

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Previous NIS reports in 2004 and 2006 observed that the operation of the Vanuatu Police Force was undermined by instability and politicisation in the post of the Commissioner of Police. In 2010 amendments were introduced to reduce the scope for interference in this appointment and there is some confidence that these measures have worked. Another longstanding issue is that police culture has allowed for cronyism in investigations and brutality to replace sound investigation techniques. In December 2013 the government signed an agreement to establish an independent police complaints authority which may go some way to addressing these underlying police culture issues. Whilst there have been positive developments in respect of the police, the Office of the Public Prosecutor is in disarray. In December 2013 the Public Prosecutor resigned rather than participate in a Commission of Inquiry that had been established to investigate allegations of corrupt practice and poor management. No Acting Public Prosecutor has been appointed and the Port Vila Office of the Public Prosecutor is currently closed, with all prosecutors acting out of the State Prosecutor’s Office.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Law
Depositing User: Repo Editor
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 22:07
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2016 00:16

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