FDDU Holds Open Day for Female Officers From Customs and Police

The Fiji Detector Dog Unit (FDDU) held an open day today for female officers from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) and the Fiji Police Force to seek their interest in becoming K-9 handlers.
This year marks the 6th anniversary of FDDU and they have been instrumental in drug, undeclared currency and firearms and ammunition seizures. The Unit is currently male dominated, however, its leadership would like to advance the Unit with the inclusion of female officers.
Applauding the initiative, FRCS CEO Mr. Mark Dixon encouraged female officers from FRCS and the Fiji Police to join they FDDU.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our female officers to consider a future career as a detector dog handler – breaking down barriers, changing mind-sets and proving that there is absolutely no job in border enforcement that women cannot do just as well as men. It will open up additional avenues for women in our border agencies and enhance our capability in this critical area that helps keep Fiji safe” Mr. Dixon said.
“I am certain that our female officers will be just as successful in the K-9 field as their male counterparts.”
Representing the Fiji Police Force was the Director Human Resource Manager Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Meli Sateki said, “The FDDU’s K-9 capabilities, through the support of the New Zealand Police continues to be strengthened and it is an exciting time to be part of the Unit and we do hope that this open day will encourage more women officers to join the Unit”.
The Open Day programme included presentations on requirements for being a K-9 handler, trainings involved, success stories of FDDU, a walkthrough of the kennel and demonstration with K-9.

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