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Police need finance

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, July 06, 2014

POLICE have yet to secure a budget for a police post at the southern end of Taveuni.

Divisional police commander northern Senior Superintendent of Police Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said the construction of a police post in the area had been delayed because of budget.

"We have yet to secure a budget for the post in the south end of Taveuni," he said.

"We are aware of the assistance offered to us by the people there in Vuna, Delaivuna, Qarawalu and surrounding areas.

"When we launched the crime prevention program on the island, we discussed this with the residents and villagers and we will still go ahead with it."

SSP Lutunacaucau said a piece of land had been offered to police by a dalo farmer in the area who owned freehold land.

"This is part of our plans and we are blessed to have the support of the people in the area," he said.

Farmers in the area longed for a police post to be built in the area.

Sunil Chand, a dalo and yaqona farmer of more than 20 years said most of them had been affected by cases of dalo theft.

"We can give police a piece of land and that is no problem. All we want is for them to come and be in our midst so we can prevent dalo theft," he said.

"All the farmers in this area are affected by dalo theft and it is an old problem we need to stop."

Ioane Batita, another farmer, said there was a need to have police in the area.

He said dalo theft had never stopped and reports dropped only when police visited the area.


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