TO combat crime on the island of Taveuni, police officers have reached out to the community for the sake of creating a safe and crime free community.
Operating under the four programs of community perception, house to house, turning red to light and white and black gloves, the officers not only spread the message of creating a crime-free society but also embark on farm profiling.
Acting divisional police commander northern Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Fulori Rainibogi said the program was a continuing initiative to reduce crime on the island.
"The program has been running for the past four weeks and officers usually go out to the villages and settlements every Thursday," SSP Rainibogi said.
"They have already covered areas like Delaivuna, Matei, Vione and tomorrow they will be in Qila.
"We are trying to work with the community to identify areas where criminal activities are prevalent so officers can attend to it immediately," she said.
SSP Rainibogi said they aimed to raise their standard of service to another level for the purpose of creating a safer and secure environment for all.
"We thank the officers on the island for their hard work and we hope that the program will see to a decrease in crime rate," she said.
"With crop theft being an issue, we are requesting the public for their assistance in identifying people who are fond of indulging in such illegal activities," said SSP Rainibogi.
Last week, as part of the house to house program, the officers arrested three men who allegedly stole dalo from farmers.
The program has seen people assist police with information of combating criminal activities.