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Complaints against police increase

Shayal Devi
Sunday, April 13, 2014

COMPLAINTS against police in the Western Division increased by 8 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 over the final quarter last year.

There were 71 complaints against police and 23 against services.

Acting Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan said this while addressing West policemen and women during the first quarter parade at the Natabua High School grounds last Thursday.

"You need to be more professional in the way you perform your duties," he said. "In the past few days some policemen have been subjected to investigations on various issues and some have been charged for neglect and conduct."

Mr Narayan said the force needed to put a stop to such complaints.

"There are some observations made by our Internal Affairs Division in regards to causes of unprofessionalism in the Western Division.

"These include neglect in writing down reports lodged by complainants. Officers assure the complainants that their reports have been recorded but in reality they are not.

"Do not lie."

He said there were also instances where police failed to follow up on a report once it was lodged.

"We have also noted failure on our part to bring in the suspects once a report has been lodged."

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