Tonga Police acknowledges and supports the principles that govern the treatment of victims of crime which are set out in the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power (1985). In order to implement these principles, Tonga Police has developed policy and established the position of Victim Liaison Officer (VLO) to support and monitor members to ensure the Tonga Police victim support principles in section 4 become an integral part of day-to-day policing duties.
It is by policy that all members of the Tonga Police, as far as practical and appropriate, at all times deal with victims of crime in a sympathetic, constructive and reassuring manner with due regard to the victim's personal situation, rights and dignity. In determining what is 'practical and appropriate', members must have regard to their responsibility to act with objectivity and to perform their duties fairly, consistently, expeditiously, and impartially.
As guiding principles our Policy looks at how Police should deal with victims, informing and advising victim of their complaint from investigations stages to prosecution outcome. It deals with protecting the victim from unnecessary contact with offender and other actions that ensure the dignity and right of the victim is observed at all times.
Our Special Victims Support Unit can be contacted at 28983 or visit the office in Nuku'alofa Central Police Station, Level 1.
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