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Nuku’alofa  December 6, 2022: 4pm (Tonga Police): The Police Commissioner, Shane McLennan, received alcohol breatqalyzer devices on December 2 from the World Health Organization.

Presentation of gifts. Photo: Tonga Police

The alcohol breathalyzers were presented by WHO’s Shelly Wallace at the Tonga Police Headquarters in Longolongo.

These breathalyzer devices are to support frontline police officers in enforcing relevant laws in place for alcohol misuse, which include targeting to detect and remove drink drivers as to maintain safety on our roads.

The donation was made possible through collaboration of Tonga Police with the Ministry of Health and the
WHO.

In addition to acquiring the breathalyzers, WHO also sponsored a representative, Mr. Daniel Lewis, from
the manufacturing company, Remote Control Global (Australia), who conducted a week-long training on
the use and maintenance of these devices last week.

Training for Police Officers. Photo: Tonga Police

Police Commissioner McLennan acknowledged the collective efforts between these organisations and
applauded the participants from his Police team for participating in the necessary training, which included
police officers from the outer islands of Vava’u, Ha’apai and ‘Eua.

In her remarks, Ms Wallace referred to several road deaths in Tonga that alcohol misuse had
contributed to and stressed the importance of having these breathalyzers to support Tonga Police’s efforts
to address alcohol harm and related issues.

Dr. Pateli Patelisio, from the Ministry of Health (MoH), highlighted the Alcohol Control Support Program that
Tonga Police, WHO, and MoH jointly spearheaded over the past two years.

“MoH and WHO strive together to minimize alcohol consumption through proactive educational and
awareness campaign measures, underpinned by the effective enforcement of the related laws by Tonga
Police. The object is to minimize the social, economic, mental, and physical impacts of alcohol harm and
abuse,” Dr. Patelisio explained.

In showing gratitude for this valued partnership and assistance, Commissioner McLennan presented a
token of appreciation from Tonga Police to Mrl Lewis from Remote Control Global (Australia) for
training our frontline police officers on the new devices and to Ms Wallace from WHO for the
generous funding of this project.

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