THE prevention of crime is not a policing issue alone and requires an all community and government approach.
This was the message from Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua at the launch of the Nakolia Crime Prevention Committee on Wednesday in Nadi.
While Brig-Gen Naivalurua lauded the formation of the committee and highlighted the fact that it was an initiative of the people of Nakolia and the Nadi police, he reminded residents of their responsibilities in upholding the rule of law.
"It should be the responsibility of all concerned citizens as we desire a safe society for our people," he said. "We all have a civic obligation in upholding the rule of law to ensure a safe environment for the vulnerable in our community and a safe society for our women and children."
The police commissioner also reminded Nakolia residents that the formation of the crime prevention committee was the first step in the right direction but its effectiveness would rely on the strength of the new partnership between police and the community.
"Like all relationships, a partnership arrangement will have to stand the test of time. There will be difficult times ahead, however, a partnership that is built on trust will persevere and will come out victorious.