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Police Chief: Don’t Blame Police for Family Disputes, We’ll Follow Law

Police Chief: Don’t Blame Police for Family Disputes, We’ll Follow Law
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.
June 18
10:35 2017

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has urged the public not to get Police needlessly involved in family disputes.

Brigadier-General Qiliho made this in light of a family dispute which led to a partner leaving the other.

This case was brought to the attention of the Police chief where it is understood that a woman had left her partner for another man and had taken the children with her.

The man filed a missing persons’ report with Police despite knowing the details.

When Police investigated they found that the woman had left the partner so they dropped the case.

In spite of this, the man brought his case to the media blaming the Police for their laxity.

The man said Police were unable to find the family and claimed that he had searched likely places in Suva, Navua, Sigatoka, Lautoka and Ba.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said they could not force partners to reconcile.

Instead, Brigadier-General Qiliho has urged people not to get Police involved in their domestic problems.

“Stop leading us the wrong way and stop using us in your domestic issues. Because we don’t want to be caught in between,” he said.

He said people must take such matters to court and sort it out there.

“The custody of children will be decided by the court including other matters that need clarification.”

He said people resorted to blaming the Police when they were unsuccessful in solving their problems after seeking Police help.

“This is a common in domestic cases,” he said.

“We are not in the habit of defending our actions in the papers or media because some confidential information about the investigations cannot be revealed.

“We understand their frustration but we will not be drawn to take any steps which we are not allowed to take according to the law.

“Even in drug cases, once we raid and get the drugs, they turn around and report Police brutality or other issues.”

Mr Qiliho agrees that some cases did not go right, but the majority of the times, the Police force did what was right.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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