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Police Turn Focus to Christmas Safety

The Fiji Police Force and the Suva Zone Nightclub Operators Association met yesterday to discuss ways of ensuring a safe and incident free festive season for nightclub patrons. Co-chairing the
09 Dec 2015 10:17
Police Turn Focus to Christmas Safety

The Fiji Police Force and the Suva Zone Nightclub Operators Association met yesterday to discuss ways of ensuring a safe and incident free festive season for nightclub patrons.
Co-chairing the meeting was the president of the association, Jayk Tavanavanua, and Officer in Charge of the Central Police Station, Superintendent of Police (SP) Tevita Waqabaca.
As is the norm, the capital city nightlife is usually abuzz with activities during the festive season.
The meeting was an opportunity for both parties to discuss areas that can be improved on with specific focus on security.
SP Waqabaca said the safety of patrons and other individuals who would be enjoying Suva’s nightlife was always a concern.
“This was an issue discussed at length. We have to consider the safety of every individual and of particular concern is the strict adherence of opening hours,” he said.
“Because of the special zones, we will ensure people are not found drunk and disorderly in the morning as it had been an area of concern in the past.”
Another issue discussed was that of minors entering nightclubs to which Mr Tavanavanua reiterated that strict monitoring would have to be enforced by security personnel at nightclubs.
“There have been instances in the past where minors have been unintentionally allowed in, but we will ensure that we are more alert and stop them from entering,” Mr Tavanavanua said.
Twenty-six nightclub operators attended the meeting.
SP Waqabaca said the Fiji Police Force has always enjoyed a good working relationship with the Association and was encouraged with the positive turnout.
He added the continued partnership would be beneficial to not only the two parties, but every individual.

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