THE Western Division recorded a reduction in crimes against women and children by 42 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said all divisions had been tasked to reduce crimes against women and children by 10 per cent.
Ms Naisoro said this was commendable work for the division as they had never been in a position to celebrate a reduction in these crimes before.
"This is based on the reports received in the last quarter and it does not take into account the cases before the courts because they have completed the investigation process," she said.
She said the reduction of crime against women and children was a critical key performance indicator (KPI) for the police.
The division topped the crime statistics recorded for 2013 with 6521 cases. Of this number, 705 were cases of rape and attempted rape, defilement of girls under 18 years and indecent assault.
"This is why we are often reaching out to religious organisations and the vanua to help fight this social ill within our communities because as law enforcers we not only want to ensure the culprits are brought to justice but we want to ensure it never takes place in the first place."
West divisional police commander Salacieli Naivilawasa urged the recent Ra and Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council meetings to tackle the issue aggressively in their communities as the impact on individuals lasted a lifetime.