ACTING Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan says members of the public must understand that time and resources can be better channelled when the right information is forthcoming.
Mr Narayan's comment follows an incident in which a 23-year-old Savusavu man was charged and bailed for allegedly giving false information.
"A lot of time and effort is put in by officers to conduct an investigation and when a false report is lodged, there's also a lot of wastage of resources that could be better directed to real reports," said Mr Narayan.
"I am requesting members of the public to cooperate with officers during the course of an investigation."
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the accused reported that an unknown male assaulted him and later damaged the windscreen of his taxi last Saturday in Savusavu.
"Upon investigation, it was revealed that the accused was involved in an accident where he had allegedly bumped a 27-year-old school teacher resulting in the damaged windscreen," she said.
"The accused has been charged with a count of giving false information.
"The file has been given to the traffic department for investigation.
"The issue of giving false information to police officers is a serious concern and members of the public must know that there are consequences before the law."
Ms Naisoro said investigations were also underway into a similar case in the Western Division.
"The case in the West is of a man who claimed he was allegedly assaulted by police officers which was later proved false.
"He will be brought in for questioning soon."