POLICE have themselves to blame when public faith in them is lost.
Citing a meeting he had with a community in Ba this week, Acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan said the police needed to grasp the fact that one report "tarnished the hard work put in by other officers".
He was speaking at the Western Division's third quarter parade at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.
ACP Narayan said it was imperative that police officers worked hard in the remaining months of the year.
"Last night we had a meeting with some community members in Ba and unfortunately some of them have lost their faith in us," he said.
"We have no one else to blame but ourselves.
"The sad reality is that it takes one or two similar reports to tarnish the hard work put in by other officers.
"As your commissioner, I expect nothing but the best and I know you can do better.
"I understand you all are facing challenges out there on the frontline and let me assure you that we are focussing our attention on improving our operational capabilities."
Assistant Superintendent of Police Rusiate Tudravu said an investigation was launched into claims made by Ba residents.
"The presence of the acting commissioner in Ba yesterday shows that we are treating this issue very seriously and also here in the West," he said.