On 10 November leaders of the Pacific security agencies met virtually for Joint Heads of Pacific Security (JHOPS) 2021. The annual event provides an opportunity for heads of police, defence, immigration and customs to share ideas and discuss solutions to common security challenges.
This year’s event was the third occurrence and the second virtual meeting. It focused on COVID-19 recovery, security challenges, and re-opening of international borders.
The Pacific community has remained closely engaged since the last JHOPS event. Collectively we have tackled overlapping challenges from COVID-19, to tropical cyclones, bushfires, and regional maritime security.
JHOPS 2021 brought participants together with a shared sense of purpose, a commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based Pacific. The forum provided an opportunity to learn from each other and grow stronger as a community.
Through shared technology, capabilities and insights Pacific security agencies are detecting, disrupting and deterring transnational criminal activity both on and offshore. Together we are more effective at identifying and mitigating risk, maximising our law-enforcement presence, and directing it to where it has the greatest impact.
COVID-19 has required agile responses across the Pacific. The Pacific has continued to adapt, deliver security outcomes, and work to protect our collective communities.
Security leaders from over 20 nations and territories, and five regional bodies attended the JHOPS 2021 event. Japan and the United States of America joined for the second time; along with representatives from several Pacific forums. Imagery for media use is available at: https://images.defence.gov.au/S20213400
Video for media use is available at: https://innovatehub.sharepoint.com/:f:/s/mediahub/EjLDm3F1S-5IjZQmCLlxk-4BbOc9GaRVwg-ZPTQTv-0LvA?e=QWq9Gy

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