Police officers removed for involvement in drug trade

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho is accompanied by Acting USA Ambassador to Fiji Michael Goldman during the opening of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency workshop on Clandestine Labs at the Fiji Revenue and Customes Services conference room in Nasese, Suva on Monday, September 10, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

SOME police officers have been removed from the Fiji Police Force for their involvement in the drug trade, says Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.

The police chief made the revelation while addressing police officers and other participants at the opening of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency workshop on Clandestine Labs in Suva yesterday.

He urged participants to put their knowledge to good use because they were dealing with a lucrative industry that had the potential to corrupt an individual.

“I say this because we have removed officers from our institution for helping keep the drug trade alive and those involved in business, rather than why we are in our respective institutions which are to remove them from our streets,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

“I am optimistic that we are all here for the same purpose and that is to ensure that no other parent or family member will have to reach out for help when their child or loved one is suffering from the effects of drug abuse.

“To the participants, the people of Fiji are relying on us to keep them from becoming victims of this illicit and vicious drug trade.”

Brig-Gen Qiliho thanked the United States Drug Enforcement Agency for facilitating the training that would further boost local participants.

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