VILLAGE heads in the Ba Province are being urged to allow police officers to enter village boundaries and arrest those who commit a crime.
Speaking at the Ba Provincial Council meeting in Viseisei, Vuda, divisional police commander West Salacieli Naivilawasa said one of the most common reports received by police were of complaints about people drinking alcohol in villages.
"I have been to a lot of provincial council meetings in the Western Division and in each meeting, I always ask that all district heads ensure that alcohol is not consumed in village boundaries," he said.
"They have to respect the laws of each village and should not entertain people bringing alcohol into the village."
He said the responsibility was also on village heads to deal with those who breached village bylaws.
"Village heads have the right to call the police even if these offenders were drunk and disorderly.
"Even if the report is done a day or two days after, we can still bring them in to the nearest police station.
"One thing we also ask each turaga ni koro is to give us authority to enter the village and arrest those who are drunk and disorderly within village boundaries."
He said it was difficult for police officers to enter an iTaukei village without proper authorisation.