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Maritime Police Station ‘Under Watch

Maritime Police Station ‘Under Watch
Chief Administration Officer ACP Itendra Nair at the Public Accounts Committee Submissions in the Parliament room on April 24, 2018. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu
April 25
13:19 2018

The irregular banking and unaccounted receipts from the Taveuni Police Station in the Northern Division has been re­ferred by Police to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

This was revealed by Police Chief Administration Officer ACP Itendra Nair during the sub­missions on the 2016 Auditor Gen­eral Report to the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

“Taveuni Police Station, dur­ing the verification of bank lodg­ments for the station, it was dis­covered that there was irregular banking and some receipts were not accounted for,” he said.

“An investigation has been car­ried out by the Police Internal Af­fairs Department and the case has been handed to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a further directive.”

He said the matter was raised with the DPP last month and they were still waiting for the decision or advice for the case.

Meanwhile, ACP Nair said, on the anomalies finding found in the revenue – as advised by the Office of the Auditor General – the vari­ous revenue collectors based at various Stations throughout the country were Police officers who were performing additional work apart from their core function as officers.

“However for internal controls instructions are given for stations to have assistant account officers who are now based in various di­visional Police commanders’ of­fices,” he said.

“We have decentralised the function and these officers are instructed to conduct regular in­spections on their revenue collec­tors and provide training for the remote and maritime stations ena­bling us to detect any anomalies in the collection and banking.”

He said accounts officers were re­minded to conduct daily banking where facilities were provided, except for the remote maritime Police stations.

PAC members were told that revenue for the force was derived from Police clearances facilitated by the Criminal Records Office, licences paid annually and the ex­ecution of certain warrants.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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