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Police Beef Up Deployment

Members of the regular force and two Assistant Police Commissioners were deployed yesterday morning as part of the Fiji Police Force’s elections operations taskforce. Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald said the
16 Sep 2014 08:37

Members of the regular force and two Assistant Police Commissioners were deployed yesterday morning as part of the Fiji Police Force’s elections operations taskforce.

Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald said the two Assistant Commissioners would head their contingents in the northern and western divisions while members of the regular force were on a 24-hour operation basis.

Tomorrow, more than 590,000 registered voters will go to the polls.

“The additional deployment numbers for the respective divisions are; North – 119, West – 152, East – 118 and we have a reserve of 284 officers ready to be deployed if and when the need arises.”

He has reassured the public that their involvement with the elections operations would not affect the Force’s routine operations.

“They will not only ensure that the Electoral Decree is enforced but will also act with full force of the law against any person who commits any crime. I have instructed them to implement a “zero-tolerance” approach and offenders are warned not to expect any leniency in the enforcement of the law.”

Commissioner Groenewald also called on political parties, candidates, the public and the media to abide by the restrictions stipulated under the Electoral Decree during this blackout period and to participate with due diligence to ensure the election would be free and fair.

“The Fiji Police as the executive arm of Government will ensure a safe and secure election and I will not hesitate to request the assistance of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to assist in maintaining law and order if necessary,” he said.

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