COMMUNITIES are urged to work with police to maintain law and order in the country.
Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration Joketani Cokanasiga made this remark when he completed his ministerial tour of the Western Division in Rakiraki last week.
"We are on a fact-finding mission to actually identify the gaps and see where we can improve in our services and prepare for 2014," Mr Cokanasiga said in a government statement.
He also urged community leaders and council workers to work with the police in curbing the rise in sexual offences around the country.
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Iowane Naivalurua said this year would be a challenging year for the force.
"The indicators speak for themselves with the increase of sexual offences, rise in drowning cases and the fatalities on our roads," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.
He said this had prompted authorities, including government and community leaders, to act.
"We are pleading to communities, including church leaders, to intervene and address the importance of morals and values for the safety of our community, especially our women and children," he said.
Acting special administrator Rakiraki Seini Raiko said they would be working with the police to ensure law and order was maintained.