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Renovated Labasa Police Station Opens

The newly-renovated Labasa Police Station was officially opened by the Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald, yesterday. A senior engineer from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport’s Department of Works in
28 Jun 2015 11:08
Renovated Labasa Police Station Opens
Police Comissioner Ben Groenewald officially opening the newly-renovated Police Station in Labasa yesterday.

The newly-renovated Labasa Police Station was officially opened by the Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald, yesterday.

A senior engineer from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport’s Department of Works in Labasa had earlier stated that the building structure would add value to the building’s life span and improved reliability and durability.

He said the benefits of the renovation work resulted in the proper functioning quality electrical system, reducing health hazards and minimising of disruptions in operation.

The officers based at the station, who were shifted to the old courthouse on Jaduram Street late last year, have moved back into the refurbished building.

Commissioner Groenewald said the building looked good and it would improve their service delivery to the people.

“If you look at the Police cell it is in line with the international standards and I think you are aware that the human rights commission led by a judge is now visiting Police stations around the country.

“One of the things he complains about is that the condition of the holding cells are not up to standard but these cells came from the colonial times which are not conducive but are temporary holding cells.

“If you look at this, it is standard and I would like to see it at all my Police stations but unfortunately at this stage we are unable to upgrade because some of our Police stations are rented accommodation so we cannot just change it but we have to use what we have,” the Commissioner said.

He said he would definitely return to Vanua Levu.

“I will definitely return to Vanua Levu on a longer period of time and specifically in Taveuni because there are a few issues there that are a concern to us that is mainly crop theft.

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