THE police face a growing demand for financial intelligence and rely on the Financial Intelligence Unit to assist investigators, says Deputy Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan.
Opening an anti-money laundering and proceeds of crime workshop in Labasa yesterday, DCP Narayan said the police had sought the unit's assistance to increase their understanding of money laundering and crime financing threats in Fiji and abroad.
"Our role also comes with a responsibility to investigate effectively and to produce something of value that can make a difference to the work we do for the safety and security of Fijians," he said.
"Prevention and detection is our core business and it is a business that we are uniquely positioned to accomplish.
"This growing demand for financial intelligence and investigation is one aspect of our operations that you must understand — we cannot do this alone.
"We need to do this with other stakeholders and the element to do this together is reflected in the Duavata Community Policing Model."
DCP Narayan told the officers it was also important to strengthen their investigation process.
"Another significant priority for us relates to fast-tracking our investigations, intelligence and data.
"In the last couple of years, we have been transforming our processes and systems with the goal of enhancing the transparency and objectivity of the process including capacity and capability.
"In order to improve the quality of investigations, we will work with our stakeholders and continue to seek assistance to provide training to address deficiencies in the investigations."