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The way forward for police

Avinesh Gopal
Thursday, February 21, 2013

THE Fiji Police Force believes that community policing is certainly the way forward for it to be more effective.

And it believes the Duavata Community Policing Model allows consultation between all stakeholders to curb crime in the country.

"With globalisation dictating rapid development and crime trends, it is impossible to tackle this issue alone but it guarantees a concerted effort," said police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri.

Insp Sokomuri said news of local human trafficking had shown to the world that even Fiji was not exempted from such criminal activities usually experienced overseas.

"Who would have thought for it to come so early and making its presence felt through the use of innocent lives of Fiji citizens?

"Once, we proclaimed that Fiji the way the world should be and the question now is how we can bring that back to reality and to maintain it.

"Is it through our smile alone?

"Is it through our performance on the rugby field?

"These are the questions that need to be answered by every Fiji citizen."

Insp Sokomuri said the response to these issues were the nub of the Duavata Community Policing Model.

"Once we realise that we have a part to play in the fight against and the fear of crime, only then we will be able to justify what we have been proclaiming.

"This will supplement our smiling faces, blue skies, deep blue waters, white sandy beaches and rich culture.

"Let us all unplug the ills within our society and plug those gaps with decent and genuine acts that will bring an environment of peace and goodwill.

"The Duavata Community Policing Model is such that it allows the consultation of all players.

"Let us work together to identify, groom, motivate and encourage them so that they portray a sense of maturity and understanding in society.

"We should also be reminded that a felonious society is not only expensive but detrimental and have more negative social and economic impacts," said Insp Sokomuri.


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