THE Northern Division has the highest number of rape cases in the country with 13 recorded so far this year.
And this has prompted police officers in the north to step up with their community policing programs in an effort to control it.
The Southern and Western divisions follow with 12 cases each and the lowest is recorded in the Eastern Division with 11.
Divisional police commander northern Acting Senior Superintendant of Police Fulori Rainibogi said the cases were recorded in January because of the significant number of people moving around during the festive season.
"The increase in such cases is a serious matter and it warrants a collaborative effort from the community and the police," ASSP Rainibogi said.
"This year, we will increase our community policing program to another level and make sure that we reach out to the settlements, villages and schools in the north."
ASSP Rainibogi had just returned from an official visit to all the stations and community posts in the outer islands of Vanua Levu to remind officers of their roles and responsibilities in their respective workplaces.