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Proactive fight

Avinesh Gopal
Thursday, May 17, 2012

THE Fiji Police Force is taking preventative measures rather than being reactive to curb crime, says Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua.

Brig-Gen Naivalurua said: "For the Fiji Police Force, it's about engaging the community early in terms of intervention so that we can help deal with issues before it becomes a bigger problem for society, the police and the nation as a whole."

Brig-Gen Naivalurua made the comments while addressing India's National Defence College delegation at the police headquarters on Tuesday.

The delegation is in the country to strengthen ties with Fiji.

"This uniform may not be able to get through to the village community," said Brig-Gen Naivalurua.

"However when we take a holistic approach in reaching out to the public by engaging the various arms of society such as the church and the vanua, we can work together in fighting crime.

"Right now we are also placing a lot of emphasis on engaging with various jurisdictions, with countries such as China whom we know has a lot of knowledge and expertise that can assist us.

"Closer to home, we play an instrumental role with Melanesian Spearhead Group and we have an officer who has been seconded to the MSG Secretariat," said Brig-Gen Naivalurua.

NDC delegation head Rear Admiral Ravindra Gaikwad thanked the police commissioner for his hospitality and supported the move for increased engagement with the community.

"I believe the force is heading in the right direction by getting the community involved," he said.

Rear Admiral Gaikwad believes that while technology and manpower can aid police fight crime, community engagement can help take controlling criminal activity to another level.


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