THE Fiji Police Force has issued a strong warning to minors thinking of entering nightclubs after the culmination of the Coca-Cola Games today.
A police team set up to monitor the games has already met nightclub owners and heads of nightclub security in Suva to discuss the issue of underage patrons.
Fiji Police Force's director of operations, Senior Superintendent of Police Rusiate Tudravu, said uniformed and plainclothes police officers would monitor the streets of the capital city.
"We are taking this matter very seriously and we have warned nightclub owners that if minors are found on their premises, they will be taken to task," he said.
"The Fiji Police Force intends to have an incident free Coca-Cola Games.
"Our officers are there to provide safety and security for all but we cannot achieve this alone.
"We are closely monitoring both the city and the games venue.
"In terms of our manpower, we have mobile teams, officers deployed on the ground, the dog unit and the assistance of closed circuit television cameras."
SSP Tudravu said the co-operation of parents, guardians and the children themselves was necessary for meeting their objective of an incident free game.
"Parents and guardians, your assistance is greatly needed in ensuring that underage children do not consume alcohol or enter the nightclubs during this weekend.
"We ask that you speak to your children and closely monitor their activities and whereabouts."
SSP Tudravu also warned criminal elements hoping to use the games as a cover for their illegal activities, saying there would be a heavy police presence in and around the city area.
Last night, officers patrolled the capital city as thousands of students strolled around the various streets, to watch the night life, shop while supermarkets stayed open and enjoy themselves.
The games end today.