THE Ministry of Public Security of China has given a container of equipment that is anticipated to help the Fiji Police Force tackle issues of drugs and traffic.
The $300,000 worth of equipment, which is believed to have an impact on the upcoming elections, was received by the Minister for Defence Joketani Cokanasiga at the Police Mobile in Nasinu yesterday.
Police Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua said they had clear plans for the environment and for the government to do its work by the 2014 elections.
"Our primary mission is to support the government in preparing for that and to have a safe and secure environment for elections to take place next year," Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.
The Ministry of Public Security of China has given 28 boxes of camera and cables together with 10 road monitoring equipment.
In an interview, Brig-Gen Naivalurua said the cameras and mobile testing kits for drugs would significantly assist police in reducing some of the challenges they faced and they hoped this would help the force curb some of those issues.
He said drugs and traffic were an ongoing challenge but the Fiji police could not do it alone therefore, they would have to work closely with other key stakeholders.
Chinese ambassador Huang Yong said the arrival of the police equipment from China showed the effective co-operation between the police forces of both countries.
"The police force of Fiji plays an important role in maintaining public security and social order as well as participating in national economic development," he said.