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'It's not your job'

Mere Naleba
Monday, June 30, 2014

POLICE officers have been reminded that trying to reconcile the victim and the suspect of any crime is not their job.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu told some of his officers that the iTaukei way of seeking forgiveness, which is known as bulubulu, and reconciliation were not in their dictionary.

The police force's chief operations officer sounded the reminder on Friday to 40 police officers from the Eastern Division during the closing of a week-long workshop on Violence against Women and Children.

ACP Tudravu reminded the police officers of their roles and duties, which he said did not include trying to organise reconciliation between a suspect and a victim in a police case.

"It is very irritating to note that some people like to bend the rules. NCOs (non-commissioned officers) and people out there in the front desk would like to bend the rule and bring in this bulubulu idea.

"Listen to me very carefully, because you are the division that is looking after the vanua, bulubulu and reconciliation is not your job. It's out of our dictionary, it's not in the process and system of the police force."

The officers were told their duty was to investigate reports of criminal activity, find out the truth and charge the perpetrator and that it was the magistrates and judges in the court of law who decided whether the crime was reconcilable or not.

"Your job number is to find out the true fact, investigate. If it is a breach of the law, take it to court. These are some of the reports we are receiving in headquarters that police officers would like to come in and try and reconcile. Take it from me — no reconciliation. Don't try to be the main boy," he said.


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