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Police reveal 'safe' meet

Avinesh Gopal
Sunday, April 29, 2012

THE 2012 Coca-Cola Games that ended yesterday afternoon was incident free.

A heavy police presence at the games venue, the National Stadium in Suva, saw no reports being lodged with police. Director of Operations Senior Superintendent of Police Rusiate Tudravu confirmed this to Times Sport last night.

"We are just clearing the ground now and there are no reports from yesterday (Friday) when the games started until now," he said at 6:30pm. The Fiji Police Force had deployed extra officers at the games venue and on the streets of the capital city, with the K-9 unit also assisting in patrols.

Officers from various units of the police force were deployed in and around the city to ensure the games were an incident free event.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua had directed that different phases of operations be implemented before, during and after the games.

Police officers travelled on inter-island vessels from Vanua Levu on Wednesday to ensure the safety of students travelling to Suva for the games.

Officers were also asked to visit the various camps and talk to students and teachers about safety tips and other things to be aware of. The law enforcers also monitored the games venue through closed circuit television cameras, thus watching the movement at the gates and the grounds.

While the games ended without any violation of the law, the spillover of the crowd from the games venue onto the city's streets last night was being closely monitored by police. SSP Tudravu said, "Our officers are already on the city's streets and we will be boosting the manpower at 10pm."

He had earlier warned that people found not adhering to the law would face the brunt of the law.

A heavy police presence was expected in the city streets until the wee hours of today, when nightclubs close operations. The police force had also met with nightclub owners and security guards to ensure no minors were allowed inside the nightclubs.





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