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Police boss warns on corruption

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, June 28, 2014

FIJI'S top cop Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald has made it very clear there is no room for indiscipline and corruption in the Fiji Police Force.

It has been over a month since Mr Groenewald took command of the Fiji Police.

He did not mince his words when explaining his stand on corruption

"I have been a policeman for more than 42 years and one of my principles is discipline and I do not tolerate any corruption," said Mr Groenewald.

"Zero tolerance in terms of corruption and I have made it very clear that if there are issues of possibilities of corruption, I will not hesitate to suspend and even dismiss people and have a full investigation not only in criminal terms but also in terms of our disciplinary relations."

Since arriving in the country, Mr Groenewald has wasted no time in getting to know what has been going on in the force.

"I am in a better position. I have a much clearer view about what's going on in Fiji, what's going on internally in the police force and we can have a more open discussion on what is expected of me, what I expect from the police and my colleagues in Fiji.

"I think the Fijian police are very disciplined people, they are very friendly people. Yes, there are internal issues that need to be resolved."

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