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Groenewald Raises Internal Issues Separately

The Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald, had to remind a former Police officer not to raise internal matters of the Police in a public forum. During the talanoa session on
01 May 2015 09:13
Groenewald Raises Internal Issues Separately
The Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald

The Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald, had to remind a former Police officer not to raise internal matters of the Police in a public forum.

During the talanoa session on Wednesday at the Labasa College Hall, the former officer, Kavai Vunidogo, who was representing the Northern Police Officers Association, had raised concerns about the pay-out issue, and the poor customer service of the Force.

Mr Vunidogo was also a National Federation Party candidate in the last general election.

The session was attended by members of the business community and the public.

“I have a list of what I would like to say to you, which I have presented and you can read at your own time,” Mr Vunidogo said.

“I represent the Northern Police Officers Association that was formed on Wednesday last week for the sole reason of April 2, pay-out.”

Mr Groenewald said the Job Evaluation Exercise (JEE) payout was not an issue to be raised at a public forum.

“We have acknowledged that there were a few flaws in the whole process of the payout,” Mr Groenewald said.

“Firstly we made short payments to some people which we are in a process of addressing this issue.

“Secondly there were a number of people omitted from the list that was submitted to the taskforce. The reason for that is in 2011 and 2012 when the Police changed from manual to electronic process some of these names were omitted.

“It’s a human error where we have picked it up and already confirmed contingency amount by the Minister for Finance to see to these short payments and those who were omitted,” he said.

He stressed to the officer that he would get back to him on all those issues in writing.

Mr Vunidogo persisted and said: “Our young Police officers are spending about $30 to $100 a month to meet the needs of attending court cases that is typing, printing; photocopying and you need to know that.

“They have to prepare dockets for court which is a reality check sir and that is what is happening on the ground.”

Mr Groenewald then asked if the officers were spending their personal money to prepare for court cases, to which Mr Vunidogo replied yes.

“They are not supposed to spend their own money because they are paid by the Police and the resources are given so that these procedures can be done,” the Commissioner said.

He reiterated that it was an issue he did not want to discuss in the presence of the community members.

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