POLICE Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua has told his officers in the north not to use "no fuel" or "no transport" as an excuse for not attending to public complaints.
He told his men if any officer was called before him to explain why a public complaint was not attended to, he would not want to hear the excuses of the unavailability of fuel or transport.
"You need to plan ahead of time. You need to know how much fuel you will need to use in a month and plan in advance," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.
"Poor planning in your division is what has caused that situation of lack of fuel.
"We can't afford to have this excuse and tell the public that we couldn't come to their rescue because we had no fuel.
"People will run to us for help, to find peace and rest and that is why they call us up.
"So, I don't want to hear any more excuses of no fuel or no transport available."
Brig-Gen Naivalurua urged his senior officers to plan their run or patrol need and to inform headquarters about this.
He also told officers to use resources well.
"In the weekend, most officers are off-duty and not doing anything; deploy them to high risk areas to attend to cases or raise awareness with the community.
"Identify high risk areas and make use of resources in these areas such as deployment of officers. Let's be flexible and know your areas of operation well."