ALTHOUGH there has been no budget provided to the Fiji Police Force in their preparation for the September 17 general election, it has taken a proactive stand in preparing its own personnel and security plan for the event.
On Friday, the police force's chief operations officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu confirmed to police officers from the Eastern Division attending a week-long violence against women and children workshop that government was yet to release funds for election workshops for police officers as well as the security plan it needed to draw up for the much-anticipated event.
"Today, I was talking to the Supervisor of Elections to give us a time just to show him the plan that we have on elections because the government has not given us any budget at this moment in time," he said.
"And what I'm trying to do now is to get NGOs that can conduct training for us, gearing us for the upcoming election.
"I'm looking outside the organisation, just trying to get organisations that can assist us."
ACP Tudravu said the way forward for the force was not waiting on the government but to take the first step in getting things organised for the general election.
"We have been talking to embassies and we have been highlighting some things to NGOs to assist the organisation — that is the way forward," he said.
"That is what I am doing — planning for the election. I am convinced that we have people already here, you don't have to go far or go overseas, we have it here in Fiji."
He said the newly-appointed police commissioner. Bernadus Groenewald, applauded the election plan drafted when it was presented to him.