Public urged to step in

POLICE cannot be everyone’s personal bodyguard, says Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Responding to concerns from conservation groups regarding the lack of investigative skills in police personnel to handle environment-related crimes, Brig-Gen Qiliho said it was not the sole priority of police adding that it needed a community effort.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said police would seriously look into the enforcement of environment-related laws.

“Everybody looks to police for the enforcement of laws even for violence against women and other cases,” he said.

“In fact, these problems can be solved through a whole society approach meaning that we all need to step in to find a solution to these problems.

“We have fish wardens and they need to look at it, they need to play their roles too.”

Brig-Gen Qiliho said police could not be out with the water police teams at all times to monitor the qoliqoli when there were pressing issues to deal with on land.

“We are also appealing to conservation groups to approach us so that we can look at ways to tackle these problems,” he said.

When asked about earlier plans to set up an environment department within the force to deal with environmental crimes, he said he was not aware of those plans.

“We cannot be creating special units for every problem that arise within society because there are other issues that we need to consider like budget allocations,” he said.

“However, we need to rain knowledgeable and smarter policemen that know how to enforce the law.”

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