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Call for Database to Ease Workload

Call for Database to Ease Workload
Fiji Revenue and Customs Service Border Director Shane Panettiere (right) making a submission on the Registration of Sex Offenders Bill on March 29, 2018.
April 01
12:52 2018

A submission to the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights is suggesting that the register for sex offenders be part of a database that can be accessed by officials to ease their workload.

The ambitious submission on the Registration of Sex Offenders Bill was made by Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) Director Border Shane Panettiere on Thursday.

Mr Panettiere said having a manual checking process would make their work tiring,  especially when there are about 200 people on a flight with approximately 15 flights recorded daily.

“It is just too much,” he said.

“I am suggesting that this register go on to a computer system rather than making it a manual checking process because that would take up all our work.”

He raised Section 11 of the Bill which set out the provision for “Notices to be given to corresponding sex offenders who enter Fiji”.

“The challenge that FRCS would encounter at the border is accessibility of the information,” he said.

“We believe that information should be accessible and given to us in a timely manner in order for us to effectively monitor arriving corresponding sex offenders and to enable us to alert the Commissioner of Police as soon as practicable.”

He said the idea of having a register was great, however, it had to be managed properly.

The committee also heard recommendation on Section 16 which require “Travel plans to be reported.”

“This information needs to be disseminated to FRCS and Immigration in a timely manner for effective monitoring and verification of information and to enable us to provide correct information back to the Commissioner of Police,” FRCS submitted.

Mr Panettiere said they were currently in the process of setting up a Drug Enforcement Unit within the Customs Border team to assist in detecting undeclared currency and drugs.

He said in a joint programme with the Fiji Police Force and the New Zealand Customs authority and police they had detector dogs based at the Nadi International Airport and Nausori International Airport.

Mr Panettiere said the detector dogs were trained to detect narcotics, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine as well as excess currency.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa


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