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Police request funds

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

POLICE will deploy 700 officers to the North, West and East for the election next month.

And the force has also submitted requests for additional budget to cover election expenses of their teams around the country.

Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald, who did not elaborate on the budget, said the submission was sent to the Office of the Prime Minister as they worked on deployment plans aimed at assisting the existing manpower in these divisions.

Known as the tactical deployment plan, Mr Groenewald said the deployment would be in a span of six days.

"We are now heading towards our democratic election and those deployed on a 12-hour shift will be given some allowances and we are looking at that," he said.

He added that the pre and post election phase had also been mapped out.

Police officials would also be given training manuals to guide them during the elections such as knowing their boundaries.

Mr Groenewald said it was important for his officers to know areas they were permitted be in at the polling stations and to be on standby for any requests from the presiding officer.

"They will carry the little manual with them as it will outline what is expected of them during the polling day," he said.

"The accommodation for these officers deployed to rural areas and outer islands have also been taken care of.

"We will be required to perform in a nationwide exercise being the General Election and it will also reflect how well we have been preparing with the resources provided to us by government," he said.


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