WOMEN police officers on Vanua Levu will now take the frontline in cracking down on sexual offences in the division helping to maintain a friendly environment to victims of such offences.
Divisional Police Commander Northern Assistant Senior Superintendent of Police Fulori Rainibogi said women police officers at all stations within the division were tasked and actively involved in awareness programs including school visits.
ASSP Rainibogi said sexual offences continued to rise and that women and children continued to be mercilessly preyed on by offenders.
"Women police officers in Savusavu and Labasa police stations have started on their school visits and village visits and we will also be increasing our in-house training on our officers to better their awareness tactics and approach to the public," said ASSP Rainibogi.
"The doors of our police stations in the north are also open to the general public who wish our officers in our stations to visit their areas for awareness programs.
"Our officers are even ready to provide awareness programs on social or religious programs with topics ranging from sexual offences, drug abuse, child abuse and other offences under the New Crimes Decree."
ASSP Rainibogi further encouraged the general public not to condone acts of crime committed in their communities whether it be sexual in nature or otherwise.
"We want people to come forward and report them to their nearest station so that perpetrators can be dealt with accordingly," she said.