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Dilkusha High First To Launch Crime Stoppers Board

Dilkusha High First To Launch Crime Stoppers Board
Students and teachers of Dilkusha Methodist High School inducted as commissioners of school crime fighters pose beside the board launched at the school on July 21st, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
July 23
15:01 2017

“The programme will assist in a proactive approach that uses students to prevent and solve criminal activities in school,” said SSP Manoj Singh.

Dilkusha Methodist High School is the first school to launch the school’s scholastic Crime Stoppers board for 2017.

This was confirmed by the Divisional Police Commander Eastern Senior Superintendent Manoj Singh yesterday.

Speaking at the launching, SSP Singh said the setting up of the board marked the beginning of a partnership between the Fiji Police Force, Ministry of Education and members of the public.

“Now a new challenge is for the entire scholastic board in addressing the troubled issues around us,” SSP Singh said.

He also highlighted the importance of the launch.

“The programme will assist in proactive approach that uses students to prevent and solve criminal activities in school and it’s one of the best and least expensive crime prevention strategies,” he said.

“It embarks as an eye opener and seeking ownership for individual action.”

He said the theme: Crime Prevention! Everyone’s Responsibility was very timely.

“In Fiji, crime levels are relatively getting higher compared to the previous year’s day by day,” SSP Singh said.

“Children, teachers and parents need to collectively work in partnership with Fiji Police Force and other stakeholders for a safer place to learn, work and live in.”

He said the Fiji Police Force was fully committed to ensuring that crime prevention remained at the forefront of their efforts to support the people they served.

“Under the current concept of Duavata Community Policing such programmes should voluntarily come in numbers by school so that at the end of the day we are able to sleep and rise up in peace,” he said.

Deputy Secretary Professional from the Ministry of Education, Kelera Taloga encouraged the students to report on issues like alcohol abuse, drug use, vandalism, sexual crimes, bullying, truancy and indiscipline in schools.

“My dear students you need to take an active role in reporting crime, ill conduct and nuisance in order to protect each other and also the school premises and reputation,” Ms Taloga said.

A total of 28 students and 13 teachers make up the Dilkusha High Scholastic Crime Stoppers Board who will be assisting and serving the 650 school roll.

The first crime stoppers programme was piloted in Suva Grammar School in 2004 and to date 122 Secondary Schools have implemented the programme whereby students are given a safe outlet for reporting crime.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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