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Cavuilati Is New Director Of Community Policing

The Commissioner of Police has appointed Acting Senior Superintendent of Police (A/SSP) Waqa Cavuilati as the new Director of Community Policing. Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said A/SSP Cavuilati’s appointment was
11 Mar 2017 13:17
Cavuilati Is New Director Of Community Policing
Waqa Cavuilati

The Commissioner of Police has appointed Acting Senior Superintendent of Police (A/SSP) Waqa Cavuilati as the new Director of Community Policing.

Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said A/SSP Cavuilati’s appointment was a critical one considering the importance of the Community Policing arm of the Fiji Police Force.

“We cannot fight crime alone which is why we need to strengthen our community policing to get people to work with us in keeping their communities safe”.

Currently there are four Divisional Manager Community Policing (DMCP) in the Western, Northern, Southern and Eastern Divisions who report directly to their respective Divisional Police Commanders.

“This is where the Director Community Policing’s role will be critical in drawing up policies and strategies suitable for the four divisions that should work well in getting community members on board”.

Speaking about the plans he has as the newly appointed Director, A/SSP Cavuilati said he will first have to find ways to revive crime prevention committees that have been inactive for some time.

“Since my appointment I have toured the Western Division and over the next few weeks I intend to visit the remaining divisions to have a better understanding on what is needed by Community policing officers to better engage with their communities”.

“Each division will have different needs and there could be many factors as to why our officers have not been able to keep in regular contact with their committees which we need to urgently address”.

A/SSP Cavuilati says he will also need to look at ways of improving the collaborative approach of working with other stakeholders.

“People expect a lot from Police and sometimes what they want can be offered or facilitated by another Government Ministry which is why we need to approach community policing holistically”.

He also called on the public to work with their respective DMCP’s.

“Come forward and liaise with your respective Community Policing officers if your community is interested in setting up a crime prevention committee”.

“We will do our best to improve on our engagements but be assured that we are committed to working with you to keep our communities free from crime”.

Prior to A/SSP Cavuilati’s appointment he was based with the Criminal Investigations Department.



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