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Narayan leads patrol

Maciu Malo
Monday, December 23, 2013

LEADING by example, acting Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan accompanied police officers in the West during their night patrol.

This newspaper caught up with the top cop, together with divisional police commander Salacieli Naivilawasa, patrolling the streets of Lautoka City on Saturday night.

Mr Narayan said the West visit was to identify areas of improvement for police officers on the ground.

"The purpose of tonight's visit is to join the DPC West in their operation," Mr Narayan said.

"I am not here to dictate his operation, he's the ground commander here in the West, I just come to accompany the officers on the ground so we can plan better at the headquarters on areas to support them in terms of resources and strategies."

Mr Narayan said he discovered many loopholes during his night visit and called on property owners and community members to work with police officers in upholding the law.

"Police for the people and people for the police — that is one of our mottos.

"When there is integration amongst the community members, we have a common understanding of our responsibility as police officers mainly to work together with members of the community for law and order to be maintained.

"As you have seen tonight the community has failed to provide security to their own properties, if I have a property it's my responsibility to protect my property.

"If you look at the town area I only saw two security guards so far so if you own large property you should make sure the property is well secured."

Mr Narayan said safety of the people was paramount and it was therefore necessary for the police officers to have the resources and the logistics to uphold law and order.

"Coming to the festive season the safety of places where people converge for social and picnics are safe.

"My purpose here is to see where we can improve on and to identify the needs.

"We have seen a reduction in crime and we are doing our best in whatever we can.

"We always advocate peace and harmony."

APC Narayan also toured Ba, Nadi and Nadroga.