Up to 700 plus security personnel expected at 10th Pacific Mini Games

ONE of the main components of the all services at the 10th Pacific Mini Games is security, which plays a vital role in ensuring a safer environment for a safer Games.

Security Coordinator Job Esau announced there are three entities that are working alongside Van2017 to provide standard security services prior to the delivery of the Games in December.

Van2017 has approved to call on two security entities such as private security firms that are operational in the capital, and secondly to engage with community security services, which will fall in line with Van2017 Legacy Plan.

Mr Esau said that these security stakeholders are expected to provide services in various areas, covering Games athletes/VIPs/officials; 24 Sport Ministers from the Pacific region; Games villages, and Games venues. It is planned also that during the Games, the three security entities will stage security on fields of play, surveillance, and access controls.

He also said that private security firm and community security services will be present at Games venues and villages, while Vanuatu Police will provide support on border control and traffic, where a Traffic Operations Plan will be soon developed.

This week, a security planning meeting is under way with Vanuatu Police Force to revise the existing Vanuatu Police College security training modules to be applied in the Games context, and in line with Van2017 expectations.

It is expecting that about three hundred-plus applicants will be trained by Vanuatu Police College, the National Disaster Management Office, Vanuatu Fire Service in areas of fire safety, and VMF medical team to provide First Aid. Included in the training modules is customer service, and emergency evacuation procedures at the Games venue and villages.

These modules will allow trainees to understand the differences in environment, from the Games village as a peaceful and comfortable area, to Games venues where there will be crowd agitation and reactions and people movements.

In his remarks on the planning meeting, Van2017 CEO Clint Flood asked for an effective security coordination that guarantees Van2017 standards and requirements in line with the Games security standard.

He said for Van2017, security guards are to be seen as ‘good hosts’, who should embrace and feel part of the Games, know how to handle people and deal with incidents, understand clearly the boundaries of their jurisdiction before they call for Van2017 staff or Police assistance, and apply the usual chain of command.

Three Police Command Centres will be established, at Korman complex, Lycee Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and the National Convention Centre.