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Tui Levuka Pledges Support For Police Special Operations In Old Capital

“Government officials including Police officers where ever they’re posted in Fiji are making personal sacrifices and one can argue that it’s their job, but they do so with passion and dedication to their calling of improving lives of those in their area of operation.
12 Nov 2019 13:05
Tui Levuka Pledges Support For Police Special Operations In Old Capital
Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu meets the Tui Levuka Ratu Etonia Seru on November 10, 2019.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu, met the Tui Levuka Ratu Etonia Seru on Sunday night to discuss issues of concern like the attack on Police in the old capital

Ratu Etonia has pledged his support to the Fiji Police Forces special operations now underway in Levuka.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said 17 men were in custody for their involvement in the alleged incident which saw three Police officers sustaining injuries at the weekend.

She said the special operations would continue while the 17 men were in custody.

A team of officers from the Police Response Unit has been deployed to Levuka after officers based at the Levuka Police Station were attacked by a group of men who were drinking on November 9.

Police Special Response Team (SRU) is now in Levuka providing back-up. Photo: Joanne Bole

Police Special Response Team (SRU) is now in Levuka providing back-up.
Photo: Joanne Bole

Three officers had initially attended to a report where 20 men from Nauouo Village, Vatukalo Village, Toki Village and Waitovu Village were drinking at Beach Street, Levuka Town after 7pm.

The officers had asked the men to clear the area but were threatened and chased.

The officers called for back-up and more personnel were deployed. which also included officers from the National Fire Authority and Fiji Corrections Services.

The second attempt made to clear the area resulted in three of the officers sustaining injuries. Three suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

The Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu directed the deployment of the 20-men team from the Police Special Response Unit on the Police vessel Veiqaravi.

“We will not hesitate to deploy our special response team anywhere in Fiji if there is an attack on our officers,” Mr Tudravu said.

“I wanted to meet village elders because instead of working together there are a few members of their communities that have little to no respect for authority

“This is why the issue of drinking in public places is a reoccurring problem in the old capital.”

He acknowledged the support shown by officers from the NFA and FCS.

“Government officials including Police officers where ever they’re posted in Fiji are making personal sacrifices and one can argue that it’s their job, but they do so with passion and dedication to their calling of improving lives of those in their area of operation.

“That is why we are not taking these attacks lightly and irrespective of whether it takes place at a remote community post or Maritime island, we will deploy our officers to back up those who are working hard to keep their communities safe,” Mr Tudravu said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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