Law enforcement in Vanuatu

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RVS Tukoro

Vanuatu has a small mobile para-military force part of the national police service, the Ni-Vanuatu Police or Vanuatu Police Force (VPF), headquartered in Port Vila.


Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Coulton of the Vanuatu Mobile Force, was sworn in as the acting police commissioner in 2002.[1]

In a 2006 interview Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Lui Patu Navoko voiced support for the idea that Vanuatu would benefit from having a National Security Council.[2]

Lieutenant Joshua Bong was appointed to a four year term as Police Commissioner, on 29 September 2009, replacing Lui Patu Navoko.[3]

Maritime arm[edit]

The Vanuatu Marine Force currently operates a single Pacific-class patrol boat, the RVS Tukoro.[4] This old vessel was delivered in 1987 by Australian grant aid, and is due to be replaced by a Guardian-class patrol boat in 2021. Australia provides other material and infrastructure assistance to Vanuata.[5]


Vanuatu has provided police officers to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands since July 2003.[6] Ni-Vanuatu police officer Benson Samuels is contingent commander of the ni-Vanuatu police serving as part of RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF).

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  1. ^ "Vanuatu names new police chief, date for mutiny hearing set". BNET Business News. Sydney. 2002-09-02. Archived from the original on 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2020-03-11. Lt. Col. Arthur Coulton of the army, known as the Vanuatu Mobile Force, was sworn in as the new acting police commissioner Thursday, the spokesman said.
  2. ^ Sam Seke (2006-11-09). "VANUATU: Commissioner wants Security Council - 11/09/2006". Radio Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2020-03-11. Lieutenant Colonel Patu Lui says it's important to have a security council - and the sooner it is formed the better. But Mr Lui says his priority now is to get rid of the element of fear and distrust in the Vanuatu Police Force, the Police Maritime wing and the paramilitary Vanuatu Mobile Force.
  3. ^ "Joshua Bong becomes new Vanuatu police commissioner". Radio New Zealand International. 2009-09-29. Archived from the original on 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2020-03-11. Lieutenant Bong replaces Lui Patu Navoko whose contract expires tomorrow.
  4. ^ "Police Force Maritime Wing". Global Security. Retrieved 2018-06-11. RVS Tukoro was handed over to the Vanuatu government on September 1987 and in 1988 was the establishment of the Maritime surveillance center.
  5. ^ "Vanuatu Police Force receives new vehicle from AusAID". Port Vila Presse. 2005-04-20. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2020-03-11. Australia’s aid program has been working, since early 2003, to support the Vanuatu Government’s aim to strengthen the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF). A new program of assistance to the VPF is scheduled to start around July this year.
  6. ^ "Vanuatu". Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2020-03-11. Ni-Vanuatu Police officer Benson Samuels is contingent commander of the ni-Vanuatu police serving as part of RAMSI’s Participating Police Force (PPF).

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