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Groenewald Moves To Use Taser Guns

The Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald, will make a submission to the Defence Minister Timoci Natuva this week for the issuing of taser electric shock guns to Police officers. Mr
01 Jun 2015 13:20
Groenewald Moves To Use Taser Guns

The Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald, will make a submission to the Defence Minister Timoci Natuva this week for the issuing of taser electric shock guns to Police officers.

Mr Groenewald had confirmed this in an interview with Radio Australia last Thursday.

The move follows a series of recent robberies involving attacks on Police officers by criminal elements.

The attacks have raised public concern about the safety of Police officers while on duty.

On April 27, five masked men tried to rob Aerotown Mobil Service Station in Nadi and fought Police with bottles and stones.

Two weeks ago, Commissioner Groenewald was attacked with a wine bottle at the liquor shop distill, in Flagstaff, Suva. He received 13 stitches.

Early last Thursday morning, seven men armed with bottles and stones fought six Police officers and their dogs after a home invasion.

Mr Groenewald said the way the crime the Aerotown Nadi robbery was handled was disappointing and an embarrassment and the force needed to look into it.

“There are ways that we can empower our people more professionally in terms of how to approach crime scenes,” he said.

“We do have fire arms available and we do issue people for specific operations. It is not a new thing but it is not for general issuing to all Police officers in uniforms. I think the same principle will be applied if we decided to start using taser guns. I had an informal discussion with my line minister about this and I have prepared a proper presentation that I will submit to his office early next (this) week,” Mr Groenewald told Radio Australia.

Meanwhile, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali also told Radio Australia it was not time for the Police to be considering issuing taser guns to its officers.

She said the Police needed to undertake in-depth human rights training before considering the use of arms.

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