Response unit deployed to Levuka after drunkards allegedly assault officers

Main street at Levuka Town. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

POLICE officers based at the Levuka Police were attacked by a group of men who were drinking in town last night.

This was confirmed in a statement issued today by Police which states a team of officers from the Police Response Unit were deployed to Levuka after the incident.

“Three officers had initially attended to a report where 20 men from Nauouo Village, Vatukalo Village, Toki Village and Waitovu Village were drinking along Beach Street in Levuka Town after 7pm,” Police said.

“The officers had asked the men to clear the area but were threatened and chased.

“The officers called for backup and more police officers were deployed which also included officers from the National Fire Authority and Fiji Corrections Services.

“The second attempt made to clear the area resulted in three of the officers sustaining injuries and three suspects arrested and taken into custody.”

Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu directed the deployment of the twenty men team from the Police Special Response team this morning on the Police Vessel Veiqaravi.

“We will not hesitate to deploy our Special response team anywhere in Fiji if there is an attack on our officers,” ACP Tudravu said.

“I will also travel to Levuka to meet the village elders because instead of working together there are a few members of their communities that have little to no respect for authority which is why the issue of drinking in public places is a reoccurring problem in the old capital,” he said.

ACP Tudravu acknowledged the support shown by officers from the NFA and Corrections.

“Government officials including police officers where ever they’re posted in Fiji are making personal sacrifices and one can argue that its their job, but they do so with passion and dedication to their calling of improving lives of those in their area of operation,” he said.

“That is why we are not taking these attacks lightly and irrespective of  whether it takes place  at a remote community post or Maritime island, we will deploy our officers to back up those who are working hard to keep their communities safe”.


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