HAGATNA, 04 SEPTEMBER 2017 (MARIANAS VARIETY) — Working together is key to battling and disrupting transnational crime, according to Aaron Holloway, New Zealand police advisor for the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Center.

He said the centre was formed in response to the emergence of significant crime in the Pacific region.  

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Holloway said transnational crimes in the Pacific region are definitely increasing because the Pacific area as a whole is growing.

“As you can see in Saipan, a lot of tourists are coming in, and this brings with it some transnational crime,” he added.

Transnational crime is crime that has potential effects across borders. Such crimes include those related to drugs, ATM skimming or bank-card fraud and human trafficking, he said.

Holloway met with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert Guerrero during last week’s Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police conference on Guam, and was invited to Saipan to network and do collaborative work with the CNMI police force.

Holloway said the police conference on Guam focused on three transnational crime priorities: methamphetamine or ice, ATM skimming and bank-card fraud, and outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The goal is to share information and work collectively throughout the Pacific, Holloway said.

For example, he added, if you have an offender in Saipan and also an offender in Palau, the network can work together to help arrest the person and disrupt his criminal activities.

The Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Center is based in Samoa with 15 island jurisdictions in its network, including the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.

“I know the DPS commissioner here is very supportive of all agencies working together collaboratively, and that is what we want to see at the international level as well,” Holloway said.

Next week, he added, representative of the Australian Federal Police will be coming to Saipan to conduct training with various law enforcement agencies in the CNMI…. PACNEWS [/restrict]