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Police seek help

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

POLICE Commissioner Bernadus Groenewald believes a lot can improve if community policing is strengthened in the country.

"I am aware of the fact that people implement community policing but keep in mind that policing the community is a strategy that we need to develop to get nearer to the community to share more with the community and ask for their assistance in fighting the common enemy that is crime," said Mr Groenewald.

"If we look at the reported crimes on a daily basis, in comparison from where I come from, crime is pretty low in Fiji.

"There is a concern though of some of our domestic-related violence but that is common in any developing country.

"That is unfortunately one of those crimes that can't be prevented.

"It's a more social environment that needs to be uplifted and that is where I am of the view that we need the assistance of the community."

The police commissioner is also looking to better resource the force.

"We are fortunate here in Fiji that we do not need a lot of equipment, I think we need more resources rather than equipment. I fully agree that it is a challenge but resources are an expensive issue," he said.

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