POLICE Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua says the police force should focus more on the reduction of crimes against women and children in Fiji.
Brig-Gen Naivalurua made the remark at the fourth quarter police parade at Nasova in Suva yesterday.
He said crime against women increased by 89 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and increase by 11 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2012.
He said crime against children increased by 89 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and by 74 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2012. The commissioner said strategies should focus on the two groups.
"This can only be possible if you are committed and focus ahead.
"There is a dire need for the community to play a more inclusive and participatory role in fighting crime as the force can no longer do the work alone."
Brig-Gen Naivalurua said all crimes boiled down to the issue of morality. Since 2010, he said the police had carefully planned its path to improve and transform the force.
He admitted it has been a tough battle with so many challenges along the way both internally and externally.
The end of January marks the end of the 2012 policing calendar, one that has been described as "challenging".
Offences such as rape, attempted rape, defilement and sexual offence were also of great concern throughout the fourth quarter of operations.