Stop Appeal For Money
Police officers are not allowed to solicit public contribution in cash or kind for the force, says Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.
The Police Commissioner issued that order yesterday after receiving complaints.
He said those who had been doing it must stop this practice.
He warned that anyone found to be still engaging in such acts would be disciplined. Commissioner Qiliho was responding to two letters sent to the Fiji Sun by residents of Maui Bay, Korolevu.
The letters were allegedly written
by officers at Korolevu Police Post asking for contribution in cash or kind.
The first letter dated November 16, 2016, was addressed to a retired American couple who live at Maui Bay. The letter sought contribution to buy a computer set.
The letter written under the letterhead of the Fiji Police Force stated:
“The Korolevu Police personnel will be having a fundraising drive (soli) on Friday 18/11/16 at the Police compound. The purpose of this fundraising is to allow us to purchase a whole set of computer to be utilized at the post. We have been facing a lot of difficulties without important resources as such. The purpose of this letter is to invite your goodselves (sic) to be part of our fundraising drive and any cash donation will be welcomed.”
Mr Qiliho who was unaware that officers had been seeking donation said those involved in such cases would have to answer to him.
“I thank the couple for coming ahead and reporting this matter and I urge every citizen to take note of this. No fundraising events are allowed and no officer is allowed to look for donations. Any sponsorship will be sought by the headquarters,” he said.
“Our Force Standing Orders clearly stipulates that what is being done is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action. Force Standing Order 60 states: A Police officer shall not directly or indirectly solicit or receive any gratuity, present, subscription or testimonial without the consent of the Commissioner. Any failure in following this will result in officers being disciplined.”
In the second letter, written to the same couple, the Korolevu officers were seeking donation of “any kind such as a bag of chicken, refreshments or cash” for their Christmas Party and to hold a farewell party for one of their women officers.
“For your information sir, we will be celebrating our Christmas Party on 10th of December, 2016 at Korolevu Post…
“Therefore, we kindly request any contribution towards our Christmas Party and farewell party of this particular officer (name withheld by this newspaper). A donation of any kind as a bag of chicken, refreshments or cash will be highly appreciated.”
Edited by Naisa Koroi