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Plan to boost relations

Timoci Vula
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

THE Fiji Police Force will be hosting its community policing symposium this week to restore its partnership with the community so they can assist each other fight crime in the country.

The symposium, scheduled to be held at the Fiji Police Academy gymnasium at Nasova for two days from Thursday, is themed Advancing Community through Economic Growth.

"The purpose of the symposium is to rejuvenate the partnership between police and the community on the way forward to the exertion of fight against crime," police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said.

"It is also to launch Fiji's new community policing model."

Insp Sokomuri said the Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, Joketani Cokanasiga, would be the chief guest at the symposium.

It will be attended by representatives of various crime-free committees throughout the country.

"A total of 150 participants are expected to attend, also a delegation from Indonesia has accepted the invitation to be part of the symposium," he said.

The Duavata Community Policing Model, he said, aims to get all members of the community, either private or public, to act together 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 oneself but will be the starting of a new way of thinking and for the young generation to learn from," Insp Sokomuri said.

"It also allows for committees to form, plan, budget and conduct activities that are a priority and enable the efficient progress of the model. These demand allocation of resources to allow training to be conducted for community groups and individuals.

"The development part of the Duavata Model follows another route that 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."


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