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Duavata initiative hailed in Parliament

Luke Nacei
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

THE Duavata Community Policing initiative has contributed to the overall reduction of crime rate in Fiji, says Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Ratu Inoke's statement followed a question by Opposition Member of Parliament Mosese Bulitavu on the effectiveness of the Duavata initiative in reducing crime rate.

Ratu Inoke said in 2017 during the Duavata policing program, police were able to make 727 drug arrests, uproot 50,000 marijuana plants and confiscated 1000 marijuana seedlings. He added that also in 2017, 20, 565 cases reported out of which 565 cases were from 1997 to 2016.

"The Duavata Community Policing is the partnership between police and the community. In 2017 the Fiji Police Force conducted a total of 4877 community policing activities," Ratu Inoke said.

He said the effectiveness of the Duavata Community Policing had resulted in a major reduction in the overall crime rate by nine per cent, a reduction of serious crime by three per cent, crime against women by 14 per cent and reduction of crime against children by 12 per cent.

Ratu Inoke urged those in Parliament yesterday to work together and encourage people to report crimes to the police.

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