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Qiliho Stresses On A Proactive Community

Qiliho Stresses On A  Proactive Community
Police Commissioner Brigidier Sitiveni Qiliho with the General Manger Westpac Fiji Brett Hooker after unveiling the plague for the new Sawani Post Hall on August 25,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
August 26
12:26 2018

Commissioner of Police says we need to be proactive rather than reactive if we are to effectively fight crime.

Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho made the remark during the hand-over of the newly-renovated Sawani Community Police Post hall by the Westpac Fiji yesterday.

He said the event was a great example of leadership with good business acumen.

“There is still a preconceived notion that in order to help or to make a difference, one needs to have a lot of money; be a member of an institution or be a member of affiliates,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

“The reality is that any individual affiliated or not can help. The ‘Know Your Neighbour’ campaign is being empathised.

“We live in a time that we are so consumed with ourselves and what is happening within our four walls that we fail to notice what is happening around us.

“If we can encourage one community to take time out of their busy schedule and spend time knowing who their neighbours are and what is happening around their neighbourhood, we will have neighbours who are more alert and vigilant to know when something seems to be out of place,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

He said by having more eyes and ears on the ground, members of the communities can help the Fiji Police Force help them by being proactive to prevent crime which is in essence does not require digging into your pockets or a large investment to kick-start crime prevention initiatives.

Brigadier-General Qiliho said yesterday’s event was another success story of what can be achieved through the spirit of Duavata Community Policing.

“I wish to extend the Fiji Police Force gratitude to the executives Westpac Banking Corporation for generously assisting our officers who are based at the Sawani Community Police Post,” he said.

“It’s not often that we receive such a generous show of support through the renovation that was conducted in building and the provision of resources to assist our work.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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