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Tonga Police Leadership Training

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02nd August, 2018 A total of 241 police officers have completed the Tonga Police Leadership Training known as the Accountability, Authority and Responsibility (AAR) with a focus on “decision-making” in a Law Enforcement environment.

The training is a three-stage development process with the first stage comprising of a pre-course questionnaire and a short multiple choice examination on the material that was delivered. Stage two comprises of a face to face training session. The drive to embed the behavioural change aspect of the program was emphasized in stage three.

Around 125 police officers have completed phase one and are moving on to complete phase two and three. The target is to reach each and every member of the Tonga Police.

This Leadership training was introduced to Tonga Police as part of the Police Commissioner’s priorities, with developing leadership at all levels, being his key priority.

During a graduation ceremony for 50 police officers the latest to complete the training last week on Wednesday 25th of July, Commissioner Caldwell emphasised the importance of demonstrating moral courage and being professional at all times while they take up the mantle of Leadership.

The Commissioner reminded staff of the role of Tonga Police, to protect and serve, uphold the rule of law, keep the Peace and have the ability to investigate crime when it occurs and that the Tonga Police Mission Statement is ‘To earn the trust and confidence of the people of Tonga through our service to the community.’ He said we are all judged by our deeds not our words.

The training was conducted by 9 officers who were also trained as trainers to train the remaining police staff over the following two years, and facilitated by consultants, Mr Steve Longford and Mr Greg Phillips from New Intelligence, Australia.

The funding support is met by the Tonga Police Development Program sponsored by New Zealand and Australian Governments.


For further media Inquiries please contact: Tonga Police Media & Communication Officer, Tonga Police Headquarters, Longolongo; – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it phone (676) 23 323 EXT. 125


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