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Police Enlist Church Help In Crime Fight

Police Enlist Church Help In Crime Fight
Rev. Grace Reuben of Nadi Bathany Indian division of Methodist Church during their annual conference at Centenary Church on August 21, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 24
10:48 2018

The Fiji Police Force is enlisting the vast network of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma in its fight against crime.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu made this call while speaking to delegates at the church’s annual conference in Suva in regards to crimes against women and children yesterday.

ACP Tudravu said they were the vulnerable group when it came to physical and sexual abuse.

ACP Tudravu urged church ministers to talk openly with members.

“If you see the structure of the Methodist church it is from the division, the circuit, the church and within the church there are different groups so it is well structured,” he told the 300 delegates present.

“What we are trying to discuss here is that if that structure of the church can be used to spread the information we have, then I think it will be successful in as far as fighting crimes.

“Churches should talk about issues of national interest.

“It is affecting the members of the community and they are part of the church, so the gospel should be related to the reality on the ground.

“You bring the Bible, you teach about the Bible, you teach the gospel and you relate it to the environment that we live in and that should be done.”

ACP Tudravu also highlighted the Police force’s fight against drugs, particularly marijuana.

He said those cultivating marijuana must stop doing so.

“We have already declared our fight against crime. I am sure that the current operations we are doing will lessen the planting of marijuana,” he said.

“If they move to the interior we will be there. If they go to the islands we will be there. We don’t have any problem with the capabilities now. So as much as they want to hide from the Police we will catch them.

“We were concentrating on Navosa and are now heading to Kadavu. We are also concentrating simultaneously in Kadavu, Vanua Levu, especially in the Cakaudrove area.

“What we are doing now is that we revisit them. We will pursue vigorously. We do not allow them to plant. There is no chance of things being grown so we will be revisiting every now and then.”

ACP Tudravu said there had been some new aspects in fight against marijuana.

“Finding marijuana in the Lau Group is something new,” said.

“A trend that is coming up that is really surprising when you mention the Lau Group is marijuana cultivation there, but now it is coming up.

“It is a concern and that is why we have asked the church elders if they can look into that too in regards to information enlighten in taking down the awareness programme to the members of the community to that level.”  Edited by Epineri Vula



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