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Avinesh Gopal
Thursday, January 16, 2014

LAW enforcers who want to associate themselves with political parties do not have any place in the Fiji Police Force.

About 900 police officers from the Central, Southern and Eastern divisions, and police headquarters were told to remain apolitical.

Acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan told his subordinates during the fourth quarter parade in Suva yesterday that 2014 was a significant year for Fiji.

"Government's path towards elections has been set and our role is clear," he said.

"Once again I must reiterate and make myself clear, as police officers we are to remain apolitical.

"If you want to associate yourself with any political party, then the Fiji Police is not for you.

"Our roles and responsibilities for the elections are clearly outlined and we are to remain neutral at all times."

Mr Narayan also launched the force's 2014 Annual Corporate Plan which provides the framework for an integrated policing approach through institutional strengthening and enhancing partnerships with key stakeholders.

He said the focus areas of the corporate plan included leadership, people, partnership, crime control and reduction, safety on the roads and public places.

"The areas that I've mentioned have not been chosen in isolation as it is taking into account government's strategic policies and directions with specific emphasis on priorities for 2014.

"This Annual Corporate Plan is our guiding document for 2014 and you should all take time to familiarise yourself with what you will be required to carry out in the course of your duties."

Mr Narayan said the corporate plan would be a guide towards another productive year for the force.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police officers could vote in the elections.

But, she said police officers should not favour any political party in the execution of their duties.

"That's the more important thing he was trying to stress in his address to the officers," she said.

"If there are any reports against any political party, then police officers have to investigate and not favour anyone."








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