POLICE officers in the north were urged to lift their standard of service in an effort to ensure a crime-free society.
The statement follows the assessment by Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua during the commissioner's third quarter parade last week that the Northern and Eastern divisions were the safest in the country.
The declaration was based on the reports received from all the divisions so far this year.
Acting divisional police commander Northern Senior Superintendent of Police Fulori Rainibogi said the positive result did not mean that officers had to sit back.
Instead, she said, they had to work up to another level.
"We are not going to sit on this standard but we will work towards a higher notch for the purpose of maintaining law and order in the north," she said.
"I thank the officers for their sheer effort, determination and hard work and I know we can achieve more in this last quarter provided we work together."
SSP Rainibogi said they would continue to work to the best of their abilities as the north welcomed another festive season ahead.
"This is the time our officers have to tighten up their security and be updated with their work because a lot of activities are bound to take place during this last quarter. We will not stop.
Instead, we will strive for the best for the safety and security of our people."