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Tudravu warns police

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, April 24, 2014

RECONCILIATION is not something that police should do when there is clear evidence that a crime has been committed, says police chief of operations ASP Rusiate Tudravu.

ASP Tudravu said there was zero tolerance in the police force for those who tried to resolve a crime outside of the law.

"We don't condone nor tolerate such behaviour from police officers who try to take the law into their own hands," he said.

"If a crime has been committed and there is clear evidence of that crime, then they should let the law take its course.

"There is no room for reconciliation and we will not allow any of our officers to do that."

ASP Tudravu was addressing questions posed to him by this newspaper over concerns in a case in which a senior police officer allegedly tried to reconcile with the victim's family over an alleged crime.

A source close to the case revealed to this newspaper they felt victimised by other police officers for reporting the incident.

The source said they did not appreciate the way the incident was handled and how the senior officer allegedly tried to prevent the issue from going as far as the police station.

"It's something that needs to be told because I am at a point where I am being victimised by my own people," the source said.

ASP Tudravu said a senior police officer should know better.

"This is unbecoming of a police officer and we don't care if it's a senior police officer."

Police confirm the alleged crime was reported last Sunday.

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