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Need for police post

Luke Rawalai
Monday, May 26, 2014

MEMBERS of the Bua Provincial Council raised concern over the removal of the Nakadrudru police post from the Lekutu district.

Speaking at the meeting, Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said this would make it difficult for people within the Lekutu district to lodge their reports.

Responding to the concerns, Bua, Macuata Inspector Samuela Matai said since the closure of the community post, the officer at the post had been operating from his house.

Insp Matai told the council there was no land available for the post to be constructed and that people were lodging their complaints at his house.

He said the Fiji Police Force had grown wary of land disputes where posts were built.

He told the council a new police post would be built again in the area once land issues had been resolved and landowners were eager to lease a piece of land for the new post.

Meanwhile, divisional crime officer Northern Acting Superintendent of Police Salaseini Vakatuturagani also told the council in relation to the ration of police officer serving within the province and the population of the province, one officer would be serving about 952 people within the province.

ASP Vakatuturagani told the council 20 police officers served within the province, which had a total population of more than 20,000.

She also said people within their districts were their ears and eyes on the ground.

"We cannot be with complainants 24/7, however we are appealing to them to work closely with us and lend us their support when the need arises," she said.

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