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Force Awaits Station Reconstruction

Force Awaits Station Reconstruction
April 25
13:33 2018

The Lautoka Police Station on Drasa Avenue that was dam­aged in 2016 in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Win­ston is undergoing ground work consultation.

This was revealed to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Par­liament yesterday by Police Chief Administration Officer ACP Iten­dra Nair.

ACP Nair said the force was work­ing with the Ministry for Economy through the Construction Imple­mentation Unit.

“There was an allocation of cer­tain funds in this year’s budget and it is a phase-approach basis where the first phase is on consultation, seeing the area and ground work,” he said.

“Second is to see if it’s approved for demolition and thirdly for con­struction.

“We want to do it soon as, but this could be in the next three to four years. We are operating fine from the old FNPF building and hope that the station is built in the next three to four years.”

Meanwhile, Member of Par­liament opposition whip Aseri Radrodro asked ACP Nair if there was plans to improve the holding cells in facilities around the coun­try such as the Central Police Sta­tion and Government Buildingsin Suva.

ACP Nair said when issues were raised on Police cells they attended to the matter and if repairs were needed, the Police force had a budg­et of $250,000 a year for minor reno­vations.

However, he said, “As far as Gov­ernment Building cells are con­cerned, we are customers. This is owned by the Judiciary. We work in consultation with them to bring about renovations after certain es­capes were reported.”

He said for Totogo Police Station the force had been able to rectify the issue through infrastructure upgrades.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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