Directive for police vehicle use
20 March, 2018, 12:00 am
I had a smile on my face after reading the warning by the Police Commissioner that abuse of police vehicles will not be tolerated.
He has labelled accidents involving police vehicles as “disgustingly shameful”. He said police officers who were found guilty of breaking traffic laws and causing accidents would be dealt with.
He issued the warning after he handed over 33 vehicles and 30 motorbikes to the respective divisional police commanders and directors.
I smiled when I saw a picture posted on Facebook of a new police vehicle with a self inflicted wound, when it hit the side of a bridge in Tavua.
Normally, no one speeds on a two way bridge but I guess this one was speeding as it came on the bridge and the driver maybe wanted to test the strength of the new vehicle bodywork by kissing the edges of the steel bridge.
In sevens rugby, we call it unforced error but repairing the new vehicle will cost money from taxpayers.
While we commend the police for the good work they do, we all hope that they will heed the Police Commissioner’s warning and use the new vehicles and motorbikes to serve and protect and not for personal use.