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Commissioner: A Lot Of Work To Do

Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald has admitted that the force needs to strengthen its enforcement work. He plans to go on a number of divisional visits, starting with the Northern Division
23 Apr 2015 08:55
Commissioner: A Lot Of Work To Do
Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald.

Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald has admitted that the force needs to strengthen its enforcement work.

He plans to go on a number of divisional visits, starting with the Northern Division next week.

Commissioner Groenewald wants to allay public concerns that are leading to a trend where he believes there is a lack of faith in the force, leading people to take their issues up with the media.

His comments come in the wake of recent incidents highlighted by the Fiji Sun.

This included drunkards fighting along Waimanu Road, Suva, people complaining about black market, complaints regarding police officers not doing much, business communities in Nausori complaining about thugs, Vatuwaqa residents complaining about drug pushers and drunken louts.

“I do admit Police will need to work harder in the enforcement of law and order in certain areas; however we will not be able to address the issue if people choose to only speak to the media and not directly to us,” he said.

“The principles of community policing in my view needs to be strengthened and I urge community leaders and the business community to work with Police in keeping their communities safe.

“I would also like to request anyone who feels they are not getting the highest level of professional service from Police officers serving your community, to contact their respective Divisional Police Commanders.

“Be assured that I will make time to ensure your grievances are dealt with and that I am more than willing to also personally meet with communities who have grievances with our services.”

Meanwhile from next week the Commissioner would be conducting its first Divisional visitations in the Northern Division on April 29 in Labasa.

“I will hold a talanoa session with members of the community from 1pm-3pm at a venue to be confirmed shortly,” Commissioner Groenewald said.

Community leaders and members of the business community who have issues regarding Police services in the Northern Division are encouraged to attend.

“Present will be members of my inner core, Divisional Police Commanders and senior managers of respective stations, whereby issues will be dealt with directly with concerned parties,” Commissioner Groenewald said.

They will move to other divisions as well over the coming weeks where similar talanoa sessions will be conducted.

Confirmation of times and venues will be made public.

Feedback:  farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 




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