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Minister To Police: Show Respect, Just How You’d Want Respect

Police officers have been urged by the Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to be courteous when dealing with members of the public. Ratu Inoke said there
03 May 2017 11:00
Minister To Police: Show Respect, Just How You’d Want Respect
Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (fifth from left) and his team while touring the Labasa Market Post on 2nd April, 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Police officers have been urged by the Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to be courteous when dealing with members of the public.

Ratu Inoke said there was a great need for the Police to work hand-in-hand with the community in order to make their work easier.

“You do not need to be disrespectful, rude and rough to be firm with your work,” Ratu Inoke said.

“Some often think that you need to be rough or be disrespectful to show firmness. This is not so. You can be respectful and at the same time be firm.”

He said the public often kept their distance from the Police force because of their attitude.

“It is very important for our Police officers to be more respecful and friendly towards the public because you need to work together, to make your work easier,” Ratu Inoke said.

“And you need the help from the people because of the lack of manpower and resources that you currently face.

“When any member of the public comes in to lodge their report or complaint, treat them with dignity and respect just how you wish to be treated.”

And it was through this that the Seaqaqa Police Station in Macuata was hailed by Ratu Inoke for maintaining this practice.

“I was very pleased that when I went to the Seaqaqa Police Station and I was told of how they worked well with the nearby communities.

“And this is how it should be. We need to work in co-operation with the community members.”

Ratu Inoke continues with his tour to Wainikoro, Saqani and to Korotasere in Saqani today.

This week, the minister is visiting Police stations and Republic of Fiji Military Forces base in the North. Yesterday his visits included the Seaqaqa Police Station and Sukanaivalu Barracks in  Vaturekuka.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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