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Concern about long wait to meet senior officers

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, March 14, 2014

CONCERNS have been raised about police morning briefings which some villagers say are too long and have at times barred them from seeing senior officers in the North.

Villagers from Bua told this newspaper they visited the police headquarters in Labasa twice this year to meet senior officers but were not able to do so.

Villager Selania Vaisova said on both occasions, he waited at the police station for more than four hours.

"I travelled all the way from Bua to come and see senior officers in Labasa to discuss issues of security we are concerned about in Lekutu," he said.

"On both trips, I waited from 8am to 12pm and that was like half a day of wait.

"I wanted to see the officers about the security provided by the police along the Dreketi Nabouwalu corridor considering the development works taking place there."

Mr Vaisova, a former policeman, said the public must always have direct access to senior officers.

"It is not the fault of the officers here in Labasa because they are just following protocol which includes the morning briefings," he said.

"The police headquarters should deal with this because the morning briefings are too long and villagers like me travel from afar and when we return home, we need to get on the midday bus. So we cant wait any longer.

"It is important that senior officers are available for us to meet them."

Other villagers from Bua who preferred to remain anonymous raised similar concerns.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said morning briefings should not be more than one and a half hours.

"The longest the brief should run for is one to one and a half hours and not longer," she said.

"We can confirm that we do have daily operations brief for the main divisions, however, it should not take half a day.

"We are looking into the matter as the issue of service to the public is vital and we will be addressing the issue considering the people's needs.

"Any issues on complaints against service and officers can be directed to our call centre on 132 777 0r 9905 922 or email police_callcentre@govnet.gov.fj."





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