POLICE have set up their own response team in the Northern Division to deal with emergency crises and natural disasters.
This is envisaged to save the force time and money because response teams would no longer need to come in from Suva.
A group of 30 police officers walked into camp in Labasa last weekend for a rigorous training program that would prepare them physically and mentally for the task.
Deputy North Police Commander SP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said having a response team in the division would get the team involved in community policing, fitness tests, and police visibility in crime-prone communities.
SP Lutunacaucau said the team was also involved in inter-departmental mock activities with essential services such as the National Fire Authority, Health Ministry and the military.
"The boot camp started on Friday and ended this morning (yesterday). Our officers are trained physically and mentally on how to better their response during emergency situations," said SP Lutunacaucau.
"We also hold regular fitness tests and health audits for personnel in the team to ensure they are physically ready and fit to act when they are needed.
"We have three teams of 10 men each that will be dispatched to major stations within the division in times of emergency and natural disasters."
Personnel within the team also work an extra two hours apart from their normal eight-hour shift doing in-house training exercises once a week.