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Guns In Plan

Police are looking at arming their officers in future for special operations. The Comissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald, revealed this yesterday. He said internationally, Police officers were armed when they
31 Oct 2014 11:05
Guns In Plan
Leading Seamen Peni Nagata (left), and Pauliasi Sai (right), help Warrant Officer Class 1 Sireli Watesoko jump overboard from a Fiji Navy vessel at the naval base in Walu Bay yesterday. Mr Watesoko has retired from the Navy and it is a tradition that a naval officer is helped overboard, marking the end of their services in the navy. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Police are looking at arming their officers in future for special operations.

The Comissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald, revealed this yesterday.

He said internationally, Police officers were armed when they did their jobs.

However, here in Fiji, he said there were no threats normally.

But he adds: “We are looking at arming our people in future for special operations.”

He said Police officers were curently trained and equipped to handle any situation.

On the request from the Kadavu Provincial Councl for marijuana raids on the island, he said that the problem existed everywhere in Fiji and not only in Kadavu.

In regards to Police raids, he said they were not  supposed to be requested, as it was part of their job.

Before any operation, they needed the right information to be gathered through their intelligence investigations before the formal operations starts.

“A raid is a Police function.”

He said as soon as they were aware of the problems they acted.

When asked if those caught with marijuana should be given more punishment to stop them from more drug offences, he said that was for the judiciary to decide.

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old was arrested at the Vunisea Jetty in Kadavu, for allegedly being in possession of drugs.

After a search, the suspect was found with three parcels wrapped in a newspaper, believed to be marijuana.

The dried leaves were seized and sent for analysis.

Investigation continues.

There were also two raids conducted on Taveuni where almost 30 plants believed to be marijuana were found.

The first was at Momici Settlement where a 44-year-old-farmer’s farm was raided and 24 plants believed to be marijuana were uprooted. The suspect was arrested, cautioned interviewed and released awaiting the analysis report.

In a second incident also at Momici Settlement, a team raided the farm of a 34-year-old and uprooted five plants believed to be marijuana. The suspect was also arrested, interviewed and released awaiting the analysis report.

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