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Officers Given Stark Reminder

Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald has reminded senior officers that Police do not hold unlimited powers to prosecute. He made the comment while speaking at the seminar on International Policing Standards
08 May 2015 09:06
Officers Given Stark Reminder
Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald.

Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald has reminded senior officers that Police do not hold unlimited powers to prosecute.

He made the comment while speaking at the seminar on International Policing Standards and Exercise of Police Powers at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova yesterday.

Commissioner Groenewald stressed that Police must be mindful of the restrictions placed on them and that they cannot be a Police officer, a prosecutor, a judge and jury at the same time.

“The Police receive their authority from the citizenry and they are not free to exercise their delegated powers exactly as they see fit. The authority of the Police is restricted to actions associated with the maintenance of law and order, and has no legislative or judicial powers,” he said.

“Authority includes power, but power does not necessarily imply authority.”

He said power was the warrant to perform certain actions while occuping a certain position and in organisational sense, authority means the right – and obligation to give direction to functional activities.

“Police powers refer to the right or competence of the Police to perform certain acts on the basis of the authority they possess. Power refers to force that may be exerted in order to compel obedience from some other persons,” he said.

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