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Maritime Police Upgrade Soon

Police service in maritime islands had been below standard for decades. The acting Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said this was because of lack of resources and poor living
29 Nov 2015 10:16
Maritime Police Upgrade Soon
Acting Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho (front middle), with villagers of Dravuwalu, Kadavu after giving them their commendation certificates for assisting Police which led to the arrest of escapee Sakiusa Basa Viaviaturaga early this month.

Police service in maritime islands had been below standard for decades. The acting Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said this was because of lack of resources and poor living conditions for officers.
These will soon change, said the Brigadier-General.
He made the comment after witnessing first-hand, during his trip to Kadavu last week, the conditions his officers live in at the Kadavu Police Station.
“Maritime policing will now be a priority to the Fiji Police Force,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.
He noted that some officers had been living in quarters with leaking roofs and also the lack of transportation to serve the public.
Police chief operations officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu said some of the quarters had leaking roofs and their service to the people had been affected because of lack of transportation.
“This is happening in the maritime islands and this time, all Police posts have to be upgraded. There should also be a safe place for Police exhibits in these areas,” ACP Tudravu said.
He revealed that the Force had received complaints of poor Police services in maritime islands.
The Kadavu Police Station was also donated a boat and outboard engine by the Prime Minister’s Office to boost their service.



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