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Requests raised by Wainikoro, Macuata, Vanua Levu, residents over Police operations were turned down by the Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald. The requests were raised after concerns against the operation
02 May 2015 09:56

Requests raised by Wainikoro, Macuata, Vanua Levu, residents over Police operations were turned down by the Commissioner of Police, Bernardus Groenewald.

The requests were raised after concerns against the operation of the Wainikoro Community Post at Nadogo, during a talanoa session on Wednesday at Labasa College with Mr Groenewald.

Wainikoro resident Aporosa Robaigau requested that unestablished officers (special constables) working in the post be absorbed as gazetted officers and as constables, supply of a 4WD vehicle to help in operations, a boat and upgrading of the post to a police station.

“We hope that the people of the four districts; Nadogo, Namuka, Dogotuki and Udu are served sincerely. Assurances were made to us by former commissioners of Police and high ranking officers, but they are still not being fulfilled. We have brought them to your attention.

“We, the members of the communities, request for confirmation and not assurances on these issues today,” he said.

Mr Groenewald replied, “I have about 1000 special constables who have been part of Police. They are there to support Police. Starting this year, we did not recruit new people as in the past.

“We selected 60 of these special constables and 60 regular police officers who were introduced to the regular force previously without proper training within a training process.”

Mr Groenewald said the Fiji Police Force had more than 1000 special constables and some of them did not meet the required entry qualification.

We are in the process of selecting this people and I can tell you now I will not take them in, even if they don’t meet the minimum requirements. “That is one of the reasons why we have complaints because these Police officers are not properly trained and they don’t know how to deal with the community.

“I cannot accept policemen in the force who are not properly trained and that is why we have decided to better train these people to become better policemen.

“In terms of resources, we have already submitted our critical needs to our line Minister. My established vehicles, if I am not wrong, it’s about 260 at this stage and I have about 40 per cent movable vehicles. “I am waiting for replacements of some of my vehicles which mean there are less than 100 vehicles on the road.

“I must prioritise and I am trying my utmost best in my submission to the Government so that they assist me with the resources. And for your list, as for the boat and the resources, we are dependent on Government and are not in my budget,” he said.

Mr Groenewald said the issues should be discussed further.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 



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