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Fiji Police’s New Narcotics Bureau To Tackle Methamphetamine Threat

“We are focusing all our efforts and resources. I can confirm that it is one of our priorities now, and the commissioner’s intention in regards to that is very clear within the organisation,” Mr Tudravu said.
16 Jul 2019 13:04
Fiji Police’s New Narcotics Bureau To Tackle Methamphetamine Threat
Police officers attend a training session at the Police Academy in Nasova, Suva.

It will be called the Narcotics Bureau and this is the Fiji Police Force’s response to the threat posed to the nation by the scourge called methamphetamine.

More commonly called meth, ice, crystal meth or white, the drug is here and being sold as commonly as marijuana.

Deputy Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu said it was an issue of national concern to the Police. He said the concept paper for this was already drawn up and they were awaiting approval from the Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho on which people from within the force will be selected for this particular department.

“We are focusing all our efforts and resources. I can confirm that it is one of our priorities now, and the commissioner’s intention in regards to that is very clear within the organisation,” Mr Tudravu said.

“He has already stated that we are going to set up a Narcotics Bureau in regards to that. It is to indicate that it is coming into our radar and we would like to manage it at that level. So, setting up of a unit to look at that shows how serious we are.

“We don’t want Fiji to be used by those who are engaged in the drug trade. If they think Fiji is a safe haven for them, then no.”
Fitness

Meanwhile, stringent rules have been enforced on Police officers, who are not physically fit, because the Fiji Police Force does not want liabilities.

Mr Tudravu said: “Be fit or be dropped”.

Seventeen Police officers have lost their lives this year to non-communicable diseases. This force belongs to those who are fit and to take the organisation forward and provide that service delivery that is required of them to the public. So we don’t want liabilities in our organisation and all Police officers know that.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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