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Combatting Crime

The Ministry of Education has saluted the Fiji Police Force for their unwavering stand in protecting Fijians, particularly the students. These were the words of the Acting Permanent Secretary for
06 Nov 2014 11:27
Combatting Crime

The Ministry of Education has saluted the Fiji Police Force for their unwavering stand in protecting Fijians, particularly the students.

These were the words of the Acting Permanent Secretary for Education, Basundra Kumar, who was the chief guest yesterday at the launch of Toorak Police Post and Schools Neighbourhood Watch Zone at Furnival Park in Toorak. Also present was Fiji Police Force chief of operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu.

“The theme ‘A Safe and Secure Schools for All- Our Responsibilities’ is truly important as students are vulnerable in our societies,” Mrs Kumar said.

She said the purpose of the neighbourhood watch zone was to build a strong partnership within the nine schools in Toorak and the Police to help combat crime.

“We need to create public and school awareness and develop and strengthen partnership within the communities, schools and Police,” she said.

She believes it was equally important to create a network in schools to provide surveillance and reporting within the school zone by adopting good practices in schools that would safeguard the students, teachers and school properties.

She said there was a need to reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about crime risks.

Dudley High School Year 11 student, Salome Koroi, said one of the most common causes of truancy was the influence of friends.

“Students need to learn the difference between the good and the bad from an early age and this initiative from the Police and the Ministry of Education has really helped us students,” young Salome said. Litia Unise, also of Dudley High School, said she had learned much on the harmful effects of drugs.

“I want to become a doctor in life and the decisions I will take now will have a lot of impact in my future,” the Year 11 student said.

Superintendent (SP) Tevita Waqabaca said this was the first year the teachers had come up with this wonderful initiative.

“This is part of our Duavata crime prevention initiative and we have commitments from the nine schools in Toorak who will help us combat crime,” SP Waqabaca said.

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