New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

New Zealand helps the PNP’s counter terrorism efforts

The New Zealand trainers with PNP Aviation Security group course participants

Two New Zealand Customs Service officials delivered three days of training for 50 PNP Aviation Security Group officers in Manila in mid-March.

The officials, accompanied by New Zealand’s Police Liaison Officer Tim Haughey, spent a week in Manila with the PNP officers, including a familiarisation visit to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The course, titled “Terrorism at the border” focused on basic counter terrorism doctrine and tactics.

Similar courses have previously been provided by the New Zealand Customs Service to other New Zealand government agencies involved in counter-terrorism efforts.

The PNP Aviation Security Group’s primary mission is to secure the country’s airports against terrorist acts.  The New Zealand Customs Service plays a vital role in that area in New Zealand.

The training was another example of the cooperation activities that have taken place under the 2007 bilateral arrangement on law enforcement cooperation.  Other recent activities have included multiple contributions by the New Zealand Police to the US-led PNP Model Police Station Project, and a clandestine laboratory training course in 2009. 

The cost of these activities was funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Asia Security Fund.

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