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We Need to be Smarter in Deployment Strategies: Qiliho

We Need to be Smarter in Deployment Strategies: Qiliho
Police officers with their new motorbikes distributed by Asco Motors during the handover ceremony at the Fiji Sports Council Car Park in Laucala Bay, Suva, on April 26, 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar
April 27
11:00 2018

“To date, 15 people had lost their lives on our roads, and every time there is a report of a fatal accident, I feel a sense of remorse and wonder if more could have been done by us to save a life.”

The statement was made by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during the handover ceremony of 130 new motorbikes by Asco Motors to the Fiji Police Force at the Fiji Sports Council Carpark in Lau­cala Bay, Suva yesterday.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the officers need to be smarter about their deploy­ment strategies as the mem­bers of the Viber group inform each other of the location of the traffic officers and are thus able to avoid bookings.

The group was formed by those who knew of our con­straints, particularly with our mobility.

He said the lack of presence in monitoring the roads were the reasons accidents have been recorded on a daily basis.

“Our lack of presence in monitoring the roads is the reason we are recording se­rious accidents almost on a daily basis.

“To the officers, ask yourself, why would someone be bold enough to drive above the national speed limit knowing well they are breaking the law?

“Or what gives a person the confidence to drink and drive despite the repeated warnings issued? The answer is us.

“We give them the confidence to break the road rules.

“I understand that it is physically impossible for Police to be in every stretch of Fiji’s road, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be smarter about it.

“We need to stop the carnage on our roads. Get out there and let our presence be felt.

“By policing our roads you are also assisting with in­creasing visibility which can be a major deterrent for criminals,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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