SECURITY is everybody's business.
That's the message given by the Minister for Defence, Joketani Cokanasiga, following a three-day tour of the Western Division with a team of Fiji Police Force officials led by Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua.
Mr Cokanasiga said there was a need for more involvement of the community in ensuring their surroundings were safe and secure.
"We would like to see a closer working relationship between the community and the police. But at the moment there are certain areas or certain groups that think that it is none of their business.
"But the security and safety of people is everyone's business and we want to see that. That's the message that we would like to drive through that security is everybody's business," said Mr Cokanasiga.
He said the tour, which ended at Nalawa in Ra, was also a fact finding mission to determine which areas the Fiji Police Force needed to improve and what each station would need to improve their services.
"Police have to make do with what they have. One of the issues that we are going to back now is to evaluate what their needs are and map out what can be done bearing in mind what they fully require.
"We are here just to have a look at how things are run. Nobody is threatening anything but we want to be ready," he said.