Launch of carnival

Digicel Fiji CEO Mike Greig ,contestants and committee members of the Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival officially launch the festiva. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

GUESTS at the launch of the 2018 Digicel Northern Duavata Crime Prevention Carnival were reminded that the time to act and fight against crime was now or never. Deputy divisional police commander Northern Assistant Superintendent of Police Kemueli Baleidrokadroka said this was not the time for discussions, adding that it was time to act.

ASP Baleidrokadroka told people at the launch that it was time to lead the duavata (united) way.

“It is only through communal and a united effort that the fight against crime can be won,” said ASP Baleidrokadroka.

“Working together means being your neighbours’ and police’s ears and eyes out there in public and reporting crimes so they could be stopped. “The message of united approach against crime has to be taken beyond this carnival and preached in all communities.”

ASP Baleidrokadroka said women and children were no longer safe in their homes now, adding that their safety now depended on the people who lived around them.

Meanwhile, chief guest and Digicel Fiji Ltd chief executive officer Mike Greig also announced Digicel Fiji’s sponsorship for this year, adding it was the sixth year for Digicel to sponsor the carnival and the first year as naming rights sponsor.

“Community policing will help in crime reduction and this carnival is organised to make sure the outreach programs are brought to one place where the people learn more about the work of police and the way they can help in fighting crime,” said Mr Greig.

“Crime can be reduced if the people unite to fight it.”

The carnival will be held at Subrail Park, Labasa from June 30 to July 7.