‘Know reasons why they are on the streets’

POLICE will need to improve their relationship with those on the streets.

That’s the view of former Commissioner of Police Romanu Tikotikoca, who says those who live on the streets were eyes and ears for police.

He said relevant authorities should profile those on the streets to know of the types of activities they were involved in.

“What they need to do is to make an assessment on the social issues that are happening in the city of Suva,” he said.

Mr Tikotikoca said to be able to find the real cause of the issues that were now happening along the streets of Suva, police needed to know the reasons people were living on the streets.

He said those who lived on the streets were prime suspects of some criminal events that were happening along the streets, but to know why they committed such offences was pivotal.

“Know the reasons as to why they are on the streets.

“Identify every beggar, shoeshine boys, street kids and ask them the reasons why they are on the streets. It is important that we know the reasons why they are there in the first place.”

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said government departments, religious groups and private groups were trying to take a holistic approach in working with members of the community to tackle the issue.

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