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Police Need More Vehicles: Natuva

Police need at least 60 more vehicles to effectively do their work, says the Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva. Mr Natuva said he would submit a
17 Dec 2014 10:29
Police Need More Vehicles: Natuva
Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Lesi Natuva and the Police chief of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu at the Lautoka Police Station yesterday. Photo: Sheik Dean

Police need at least 60 more vehicles to effectively do their work, says the Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva.

Mr Natuva said he would submit a request for additional vehicles to strengthen the Police nationally.

He revealed this at the Lautoka Police Station yesterday during his tour of the various Police stations and military establishments in the Western Division.

The purpose of this tour is for Mr Natuva to familiarise himself with the various stations and the challenges faced by officers.

“I have identified that there are a lot of challenges faced especially when someone calls and officers do not have a vehicle to attend the call,” Mr Natuva said.

“They (Police) need at least 60 vehicles all around Fiji in order for them to respond to emergency calls and I have written to the Minister for Finance to supply me with the vehicles.”

He said this would not only strengthen the Police force but would also help in strengthening Fiji’s internal security.

Mr Natuva said currently officers were only able to do as much as they could with the limited resources available.

“I have been briefed by the Divisional Police Commander, Western. They have achieved almost 80 per cent of their targets. Imagine if we can provide them with what they need.”

Mr Natuva said he had also identified communication hurdles at stations in the interior. Some stations were without electricity or generators and a boat for the police to travel to the Yasawa Islands.

“The Bainimarama Government will be able to provide and help the Police force and once we have a good Police force, the internal security of this country will be good,” he said.

He said once Fiji had excellent security with less home invasion, theft and the economy was good then more people would visit our shores.

Mr Natuva said his ministry was trying to draft a 10-year master plan.

“We should be reviewing the Police force by early January next year,” he said.

“We have a group working to review the roles and responsibilities of the Police force and how we can facilitate their requirements.”

He visited Ba, Tavua and Vatukoula Police stations yesterday. He is expected to visit Duke of Edinburgh Barracks, Lautoka before heading to Sabeto and Namaka Police Stations and the BlackRock barracks in Nadi today.

He is accompanied by Fiji Police chief of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu.

Feedback: sheik.dean@fijisun.com.fj

 



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