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Cavuilati to Strengthen Community Policing

The Commissioner of Police has appointed Acting Senior Superintendent of Police (Acting SSP) Waqa Cavuilati as the new director of Community Policing. Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said Acting SSP Cavuilati’s appointment
12 Mar 2017 11:00
Cavuilati to Strengthen Community Policing
Acting Senior Superintendent of Police (Acting SSP) Waqa Cavuilati appointed as the new director of Community Policing. Photo: Police Media Cell

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

Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said Acting 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,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

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”.

Acting SSP Cavuilati said he would 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.”

He said he would 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”.

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

Source: Police Media Cell

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