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Be alert, officers told

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, December 17, 2012

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua urged all police officers who were on standby for deployment to be on alert and to be ready when Tropical Cyclone Evan hits the country.

Brig-Gen Naivalurua stated this to about 200 officers during the Fiji Police Force deployment unit parade at the Ready Action Unit in Makoi.

He said it was important for the police officers who were being deployed to be ready when the TC Evan hit because people would be relying on the officers when the disaster strikes Fiji.

He stressed that police officers were to think carefully when carrying out their responsibilities when TC Evan hits the country.

"I would like to see that all officers on standby for deployments be well organised and prepared," Brig- Gen Naivalurua said.

"Officers have to also take care of their families and homes before they are assigned for deployment.

"I hope all of you are ready to carry out your duty during the two weeks deployment period and that your minds are set on keeping the people safe during this disaster period."

Police Chief of Operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said given the announcement by the Prime Minister and the Commissioner of Police they have started phase one of their operations which was their preparation mode.

ACP Tudravu said as of Saturday, 425 police officers from all divisions around Fiji were on standby.

"When they are on standby it means they are physically present at the various locations they are assigned to awaiting further instructions," ACP Tudravu said.

He said they had to also step up on logistics and support.

"We have had a serious of meeting on Saturday on having equipment ready for the officers to take during the deployment period.

"We have learned a lot from our preparations status after the massive flood that hit the country early this year," he said.

"We have 85 per cent readiness on the ground in terms of logistics support and we will be hitting 90 per cent by the end of the day through communication, transport, and ration and equipment delivery," said ACP Tudravu.


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