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New unit for police

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

THE Fiji Police Force will soon set up a special unit tasked to deal with the environment laws governing the conservation of nature on land and sea.

Force chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said work on setting up the proposed unit was progressing.

Mr Tudravu said the new unit would focus on aligning the organisation with international best practices in environmental laws.

"We are empowering our officers with the knowledge of all laws through several training courses," ACP Tudravu said.

"On the same note we are also strengthening networking with other government agencies to see how best we can improve our services.

"This is why we are encouraging other stakeholders who have issues with our services to bring it directly to us so we can solve it."

The Fisheries Department in the North earlier raised their concerns on the need for police officers in the North to be well versed with the Fisheries Act so that they could enforce it efficiently.

North Principal Fisheries Officer Joji Vakawaletabua said they were working closely with police to ensure that the Fisheries Act was enforced fully.

"The incidents of poaching in the North has dropped and improved so far but we are trying to work closely with police and village headmen that this continues to be the case," Mr Vakawaletabua said.

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