Fiji Police receives 46 newly-leased vehicles; writes off 17 in three years

Update: 6:56PM TO attend to the needs of the general public more efficiently, the Fijian Government provided 46 newly-leased vehicles to the Fiji Police Force today.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said in the last three years, the Force had written off 17 vehicles that were deemed not road worthy.

He said this was an average of six vehicles being taken off the road every year.

“The abuse and lack of care for the Force’s mobility assets continue to be a thorn on our side because those holding senior ranks at the station level have not been able to put a stop to the unauthorised runs, abuse and misuse of vehicles and other problems that we are allowing to fester,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

He said the news of today’s handing over would undoubtedly raise expectations placed on the Force’s ability to serve.  

A total of seven vehicles were handed to the operational command centre, two vehicles to the Criminal Investigative Department (CID), nine to the Southern Division, 11 to the Western Division, seven to the Eastern Division and 10 to the Northern Division.