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Commissioner Has Last Say On Suspension

The reinstatement of Police officers previously suspended from the force was among issues raised during a talanoa session with Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald in Labasa this week. The interactive talanoa
01 May 2015 09:21
Commissioner Has Last Say On Suspension
Commisioner of Police Bernardus Groenewald at Labasa College Hall yesterday. Photo: Peni Drauna

The reinstatement of Police officers previously suspended from the force was among issues raised during a talanoa session with Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald in Labasa this week.

The interactive talanoa session was attended by the Northern Division community leaders and members of the business community at the Labasa College Hall.

Namara resident Narendra Naidu said he was concerned that a lot of Police officers who were suspended were working again.

“In the Police Force there are a lot of suspended Police officers who are being recruited again,” Mr Naidu claims.

“Once suspended they should have a red mark on them to signify why they have been punished. But again they have been taken back by the Police force. Can you look into this matter? I will write another letter to you personally because I don’t want to say their names.”

The Police Commissioner said in terms of suspension it was his prerogative to suspend, intervene, terminate and bring back people.

“Many people were in the past suspended for minor offences and it is my prerogative to look into those cases and deal with it on merit.  As it is, yes, there were people back then,” Mr Groenewald said.

“But I promise you that there were no people in my term of duty here who have been back in the Police Force for serious criminal conviction.

Mr Groenewald reiterated that not even a deputy had the power to suspend, intervene, fine or take these officers back.

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