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Join Hands And Fight Crime, Force Urges

There has been a plea for members of the public to join hands with the Fiji Police Force and fight a common enemy – crime. This was the plea by
30 Apr 2015 12:05
Join Hands And Fight Crime, Force Urges

There has been a plea for members of the public to join hands with the Fiji Police Force and fight a common enemy – crime.

This was the plea by Commissioner of Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald during a talanoa session with Northern Division community leaders and members of the business community at the Labasa College Hall yesterday.

Mr Groenewald said: “For many years now the perception is Police are responsible for crime prevention and that is, in fact, a myth.

“Because the cause of crime is not created by Police, but the cause of crime is created by society where we all live in.

“I want to quote what two researchers in terms of crime prevention said – that using the cops to control crime and other complex social problems is like taking an aspirin to cure a brain tumour

“But no one way has been invented to say goodbye to them.

“What a researcher was that Police cannot prevent crime on their own and that is one best kept secret of modern life,” he said.

One researcher said Police pretend they are society’s best defence against crime and continually argues that if they are given more resources, especially personnel, they will be able to protect communities against crime.

“This is myth, he said, and I agree with him,” said Commissioner Groenewald.

“We can have the best resources in the world, but if we do not have the support and the assistance of the community, businesspeople and crime prevention committees we will not win the battle against crime.

“We all know that 80 per cent of all serious violent crime happens within relationships where the victim and the perpetrator know each other.

“These are issues which happen within the closures of houses. How can we the Police prevent it?

“This is why we need the support and co-operation of the whole community, business community, churches, and schools.”

He added that if all of these institutions need to hold hands and combat crimes and prevent it from being committed, only then would they succeed.

Community Policing

Commissioner of Police said they were in the process of reviewing the whole concept of community policing.

“We are in the process of reviewing the whole concept of community policing and will implement it within the next few months,” Commissioner Groenewald said.

“I have already discussed it with the chairperson of the Labasa Crime Prevention committee where Labasa would be used as a pilot project.

“Where the community can hold hands in restoring the relationship between them and the Police in getting a better environment for all of us, not only for our business people but for our community, vulnerable group and also our children and the future of Fiji.”

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