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Officers ready to fight environment related crimes

Luke Rawalai
Monday, January 20, 2014

CHALLENGES are many for the police force and the enactment of new decrees and laws bring with it new issues for the organisation.

Speaking during his fourth quarterly parade in Labasa yesterday, Acting Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan said his officers were ready to tackle crimes relating to the conservation of the environment.

Mr Narayan said they may not establish a special environment taskforce within the organisation as establishing such a department may require new resources.

"However, our officers are ready and knowledgeable to tackle issues regarding environmental laws," he said.

"We are relying a lot on community involvement as part of our policing program and this will ensure that issues are addressed.

"Our officers stand by their promise of satisfying all members of the public."

When asked about recent complaints by members of the public that officers were not well versed with environmental laws, Mr Narayan said crimes occurred in isolation.

"If we have the standard equipment, then we will be sure to address these issues.

"However, like I said before, we will rely greatly on the public as witness to gather evidence and we appeal to them to continue to work with us.

"We assure members of the public in the North that we are ready to work with them in protecting their environment," said Mr Narayan.

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