POLICE in the Western Division did not meet their required target to reduce crime rate in the division on the third quarter of this year.
Three hundred and ninety two police officers from Sigatoka to Ra police stations were on parade at the Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday morning.
The parade was to update the officers on their performance at the third quarter of this year.
Addressing the parade, division police commander Jope Ralulu said he was very disappointed with the performances of the police on the last quarter.
"Sorry to tell you, there was an increase of 37 per cent of crime rate in the Western Division which is really disappointing to be frank to you this morning," he said.
DPS Ralulu said they will continue to work hard to bring down the figure in the last quarter of this year.
"We will target to reduce the crime rate in the Western Division by 10 per cent by December 31 this year."
With the target to increase their crime reduction rate above 60 per cent, they have successfully achieved this target by hitting the 62.1 per cent market.
"I am thanking your for this effort in achieving this target.
"We don't have to depend on this achievement but to uplift your performance and increase our percentage for this quarter to 80 per cent."
Mr Ralulu said the road fatalities increased by 30 per cent in the last quarter
He said he needed the support of its officers to look after the highways from Nadroga right up to Ra. He thanked the officers for their effort in attaining such achievements.
He said nothing would be impossible when God was with them.