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New model focuses on people, peace

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, February 18, 2013

POLICING is a service provided to all members of the public including the police officers themselves.

The clients of police officers are either members of the traditional community set-up or non-traditional.

Fiji Police Force spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said these two areas cloak the majority of the citizenry from all aspects of life, including government, religious, vanua and international visitors.

Insp Sokomuri said this was the heart of the 'Duavata Model' of policing, with the main focus being on the people of Fiji to live in an environment that is peaceful and free of crime.

"That is to say that whatever transpires in society can be discussed and dealt within its set-up," he said.

"No one has greater power over the other but a sense of love for one another."

Insp Sokomuri quoted legendary musician Jimmy Hendrix as once saying, "once the power of love overtakes the love for power, this will be a peaceful world".

He said the intention of the Duavata Community Policing Model was basically to get all members of the community, either private or public, to act in concert towards creating a safer community.

He said it could also be a motivating factor in taking ownership of the model and to do something about it.

"In doing so, an individual doing his or her part will not only bring a satisfying feeling to one's self but will be the starting of a new way of thinking and for the young generation to learn from.

"It also allows for communities to form, plan, budget and conduct activities that are priority, enabling the efficient progress of the model.

"These demand allocation of resources to allow training to be conducted for community groups and individuals," he said.

Insp Sokomuri said the development part of the Duavata Model also followed another route.

He said this route leads to the consultation between the police with the iTaukei Affairs, Local Government, the Rural Advisory Board and other government agencies, commercial and business entities.

"These operational activities incorporates program budgetary for divisions, profiling communities and the maintenance of good working relationships with stakeholders.

"All these are contributing factors that are intended to fulfill the success of the approach," said Insp Sokomuri.