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Global Positioning System To Monitor Police Vehicles

Global Positioning System To Monitor Police Vehicles
The Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho with the Director of Traffic, Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Mishra Photo: Simione Haravanua
July 11
11:13 2018

All Police cars have been fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) to monitor their movements on a 24-hour basis.

This has been confirmed by the Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Mr Qiliho said that in the coming weeks, all motorbikes would be fitted and this was being done because the Police Force had to be transparent about their work.

“We are accountable for the use of all Government resources,” Mr Qiliho said.

“It is however unfortunate that these vehicles are becoming more of a liability to Government when you look at the number of Police vehicle accidents recorded this year.”

Mr Qiliho said the Divisional Police Commissioners (DPC) and Directors needed to tighten the reins on the use of the vehicles.

“The accidents are a disgrace to the institution that operates on a 24/7 basis. Speeding and driver negligence are the contributing factors to Police accidents, while on unauthorised runs or vehicles leaving a district or station,” he said.

“I was shocked and disappointed when I received the reports of the GPS Monitoring System and have directed on whether or not they are attending to a genuine emergency.

“We need to be honest with the way we conduct our work because one way or the other, the truth will come out. When it comes to complaints about our service, two issues are common in all divisions, and they are; the excuse of no transport and no driver. While we have addressed the excuse of no transport, the latter, I am glad is also being remedied.”

Meanwhile, Mr Qiliho while recieivng 106 vehilcles on Monday for the Police Force said that the new modified vehicles  would greatly enhance the Fiji Police Force capabilities when dealing with issues there and then.

“I want to reassure the people of Fiji that with the injection of these mobility assets today and with the modified vehicles that are there now in terms of command vehicles, scene-of-crime vehicles will greatly enhance our capabilities in dealing with issues there and then,” Mr Qiliho said.

“We have managed to modify some of the vehicles donated by the Chinese government. The processing is done all there in the vehicle. The processing that was normally taken to the Police station is now done in the vehicle so it increases our service delivery and enhances our service delivery a great deal.”

He said they plan to have scene-of-crime vehicles in each division.

“We are planning to have a scene-of-crime vehicle in each division. We are thankful to the Fiji Naval division of the RFMF for their ideas and their technical people for coming and working with us in fitting the command vehicles, so the navy has been greatly helping us in their technical expertise working with my officers to convert these vehicles to command vehicles,” he said.

“It is exciting also in the sense that these vehicles have been specifically modified to meet the needs of a number of our specialised units.” He added that Government understood the growing demands on policing, and the onus was on the Police Force to prove that their investment was worth every cent.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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