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Proactive Policing

The Fiji Police Force, in a bid to improve service delivery and build a good rapport with the community, has formed a police taskforce from the Eastern Division. Teams from
21 Jan 2016 07:30
Proactive Policing
Police officers are given forms during their house visitation in Davuilevu yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

The Fiji Police Force, in a bid to improve service delivery and build a good rapport with the community, has formed a police taskforce from the Eastern Division.

Teams from the taskforce have started house to house visitations in homes in Nakasi, Nasinu – areas served by the Nakasi Police Station which lately had been subjected to series of crimes.

Divisional Police Commander Eastern Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Maritino Qiolevu, said the operation was also a way to improve Police partnership with the community.

“This way we will know what they want and what we want from them,” SSP Qiolevu said.

“This is an area of concern to us. There has been series of complaints against our service delivery, so this is an effort to improve on that image.”

He said Nakasi had been identified as a crime Red Zone.

He said the operation, through talking to residents and knowing what they wanted, would enable Police to change the image of the area.

“It has been an area of focus for us. For 2016, this is the first place. How we came up with Nakasi? We had a look at the patterns of crimes and activities that had been going on in the Eastern Division and we classified Nakasi as one of our priorities,” he said.

More than 20 police officers are part of the taskforce. Their teams visit households and collect information and suggestions and grievances of the members of the community about the service provided by the Police.

“Members of the community will also be required to fill questionnaires given by these officers as we need feedbacks from them to enable us to prepare strategies to improve on our service to them,” SSP Qiolevu said.

Prem Chand, who has been living at Waila 3A in Nakasi for five years commended the move.

“Although we have some disappointments about the services provided by officers at the Nakasi Police Station, I am glad they are able to come out and meet us and discuss issues that we want to be improved,” he said.

Waila 3A Foodmart owner, Shereen Lata said: There is a need for more patrols along our areas at night because of the series of robberies that took place near our shop.”

 

Edited by Maikeli Seru

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj



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