Monitor movement of children: Police

THE Fiji Police Force is once again urging parents and guardians to closely monitor the movements of their children during the school holidays.

Chief Operations Officer ACP Maretina Qiolevu said reports have been received from the Hibiscus grounds venue of children as young as two-years-old being separated from their parents and guardians.

“On Saturday up to 10 children were in the care of officers as they were lost in the crowd,” ACP Qiolevu said.

“All were reunited with their guardians however it still is a major concern that children are being separated and better care needs to be directed towards their safety,” he said.

ACP Qiolevu said personal safety is also a concern as there have been two reports of pick pocketing which has been dealt with and as people get caught up in the hype of the festivities there is a tendency to let one’s guard down.

“Officers are on patrol at the grounds and have managed to keep criminal elements at bay, but we will continue to stress that safety begins with every individual.

“There are social and sporting events happening around the country where children are participating in or are accompanying their parents or guardians and we urge everyone to help keep them safe.”

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