THE police cannot afford to be seen as a weak link in the chain of national efforts to tackle money laundering, says Deputy Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan.
In launching an anti-money laundering (AML) and proceeds of crime workshop, DCP Narayan told 15 officers the AML legislation was aimed at maintaining and enhancing Fiji's international reputation by adopting international standards.
"Consequently, we must have a strong strategy and an incentive to ensure the AML regime is successful," he said.
"The security environment in which we operate is clearly connected to the larger world and events elsewhere in the world have repercussions here.
"At the local front, it is still a challenge because smaller dispersed groups present a less visible and less tangible target."
"The evidence of past and current cases show us that we are not isolated from such acts and we need to remain vigilant."
DCP Narayan said the connection between organised crime and drug offences, fraud, smuggling and laundering was that the proceeds of crime were obvious.
"Equally obvious is the fact that with these crimes, there are victims, there is often violence and there is real social harm.
"The other issue of concern is our response to money laundering and the presence of organised crime in our economy, communities and country.
"Organised crime causes direct harm and more corrosive damage. It also threatens us on a broader and strategic level."
DCP Narayan reminded the 15 officers that taking measures to counter money laundering was a collective responsibility and not living up to such duties could have consequences at every level of society.
"There is a risk when we, as the primary law enforcement agency in Fiji, lose sight of our important role in our broader society."