POLICE in the North have recorded a decrease in overall offences in the first quarter of this year.
Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald told his personnel at the parade in Labasa yesterday that while this was the case, police managed to reduce reports against children by 17 per cent compared with the 10 per cent as targeted.
"I must commend you all for this achievement. In maintaining our detection rate by 70 per cent, we achieved a 71 per cent detection rate and I must say at this juncture that there is still room for improvement," he said.
"You have managed to record a decrease in overall offences by 30 per cent which is commendable when compared to other divisions.
"There is a need for overall improvement in your professional conduct and service delivery as you have not done well in terms of percentage decrease in complaints against police and services."
Mr Groenewald reminded his team that policing was a demanding role and one that was closely scrutinised by members of the public.
"Members of the public often look up to us as role models in the communities we serve and let me remind you again this morning that as police officers, we are the custodians of what is right and the guardian of law and order," he said.
Meanwhile, police in the North failed to reduce reports of crime against women in the first quarter of this year.
Out of the 10 per cent target set, they only reduced this by 6 per cent.