DESPITE being declared one of the safest divisions in Fiji, police officers in the north still need to pull up their socks following their failure to decrease the overall offence rate by 10 per cent at the end of the third quarter this year.
While addressing officers at the third quarter parade at the Labasa Police Station ground yesterday, acting divisional police commander northern Senior Superintendent of Police Fulori Rainibogi said it was crucial they worked together to achieve their target in the fourth quarter.
"Our aim to reduce serious offence and crime against women by 10 per cent in the third quarter was not achieved as there was an increase in such cases," she said.
"We need to dialogue more closely and co-ordinate with other key stakeholders not only in the community but with other non-government organisations to help us improve in this particular area of service."
SSP Rainibogi also told the officers that they did not do well in reducing crime against children by 10 per cent, reducing road fatality rate by 30 per cent and also maintaining detection rate above 60 per cent. "This is the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that we control and yet we failed to attain it thus, we need to recoup and do well to hit the mark.
"We need to move out to the community at large and work with the people in order for us to lift our standard of service to another level."