‘Force is with you’

Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu speaking with Isikeli Vulavou and Wendy Waqanivavalagi during the Transgender Day of Rememberance. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Acting Commissioner of Police (ACP), Rusiate Tudravu, has reiterated the force’s support towards the safety and security of the LGBTQI+ community in the country.

ACP Tudravu said the force would take every effort in carrying out its responsibilities if reports were lodged at any police station by the LGBTQI+ community members.

“I have also heard some reports of complaints that have been raised about the attitude of police officers,” ACP Tudravu said.

“This is something which we would like to manage. I see from my side is that a change in the mind-set and this can be improved through awareness and training.

“On this note, the Police Commissioner has already stated that the force will be liaising closely with them and then start some awareness programs and trainings as to how to treat the LGBTQI+ groups.

“As much as we would like to attend to their grievances and concerns, we also have to be mindful that there are other citizens who also need to be protected. But this matter will be taken seriously.” ACP Tudravu reassured the LGBTQI+ community that police would look into their complaints and grievances seriously.

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