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Police probe own

Shayal Devi
Monday, March 17, 2014

SOME police officers in Lautoka are under investigation for allegedly assaulting a minor who was taken in as a suspect in a theft case.

While ordering a full scale investigation into the alleged assault, the Acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan warned there was no room in the Fiji Police Force for officers who abuse their powers.

A complaint was lodged with the police that some officers at the Lautoka Police Station allegedly threatened and assaulted a suspect who happens to be a minor in a case of alleged theft.

"I will not tolerate any of my officers taking the law into their own hands," said Mr Narayan.

Mr Narayan gave his personal assurance that all matters would be investigated thoroughly.

"I take all complaints against my officers seriously and in the event where there is a criminal breach, they will face the full brunt of the law.

"In cases where police officers breach the procedures and practices they will be dealt with severely internally through our disciplinary process."

Mr Narayan said the uniform a police officer wore did not gave them unlimited powers to do as they pleased and they must work within the confines of the law.

"I will ensure all police officers uphold the law and a full scale investigation in the alleged abuse has been ordered.

"Incidents such as this are the reason why I had re-established the Internal Affairs Unit to investigate such matters against our own officers," he said.

The police force's Internal Affairs Unit was re-established to deal with complaints against police officers.

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