THE laxity of the Fiji Police Force has at times stirred doubt in the court of law over police exhibits, says Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua.
He has also described exhibit rooms in police stations as in a pathetic state that needed improvement.
"Because of our laxity, our exhibits are sometimes doubted in the court of law," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.
"We can't afford that anymore. There is a need to change how things are done because our exhibit rooms are in a pathetic state," he said.
"A hard lesson learnt recently which questioned our credibility was the stolen drugs from CID headquarters.
"There is no place for unscrupulous and corrupt officers. We require police officers that are honest and not moveable," he added.
Speaking at the second quarterly parade at Labasa Police Station, Brig-Gen Naivalurua told the officers of Vanua Levu he would not tolerate unscrupulous and corrupt officers.
"My stand is clear. I am not going to tolerate any of this, we are going to tighten the noose on those officers and we are going to take you on.
"By January 2013, my plan is to have in place people who can take us forward to 2013 and 2014. We have no time to waste on looking after ourselves and taking care of those who can't look after themselves," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.
He called on all divisional police commanders to take greater responsibility, empowerment of investigation, prosecution and disciplining of officers.
In Vanua Levu, the newly set up audit team has cleared about $55,000 worth of exhibits kept in their possession for over a decade.