Police posts, stations viable

THE establishment of new police posts and stations around the country is part of the force’s restructure process.

These were the comments of Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho when asked by this newspaper if there were any plans to construct new police posts and stations around the country.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said as part of the restructure process, they had looked at the demographics, crime statistics, and other issues before they decided where to position themselves to meet the increasing demands of policing.

“It looks at manpower resources and also infrastructure to go with it.

“It’s not a cheap exercise, it will cost a lot of money but we have to go through this,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

“The force has not had any restructure in the last four decades and it’s very important that we go through this process because all the past increases in the number of police posts and stations, the police was told to source from within.

“Even though, if we get this approved and go through this process, we must have timelines to review this.”

Meanwhile, Brig-Gen Qiliho also stressed that the force would also monitor the speeding of government vehicles.

“We seem to be the biggest abusers of road rules. I will be talking to the minister and will be giving directives out soon that all speeding government vehicles be booked.

“If they don’t stop, that is an extra charge on them when we send it to their office,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

“This has become the talk of the population now, that how come police are booking motorists and not the Government vehicles.

“I will also be talking to Government about the flashing lights that are on vehicles. Who is supposed to have them and the rest to be removed.”

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