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Police Bank on Crime Prevention Committees: Minister

Fiji Police Force depends on committees to decrease the number of criminal offences in communities nowadays, so says Minister for Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Ratu Inoke is
03 Aug 2017 18:34
Police Bank on Crime Prevention Committees: Minister

Fiji Police Force depends on committees to decrease the number of criminal offences in communities nowadays, so says Minister for Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Ratu Inoke is touring Viti Levu to meet and revive crime prevention committees in Ba, Lautoka, Rakiraki, Tavua and Vatukoula.

“It is very important to involve the communities with the police as their involvement can assist us prevent and combat crime,” Ratu Inoke said.

“The Crime Prevention Committees as the name says help prevent crime in our communities,” he said.

Ratu Inoke said the Duavata Community Policing used to be active in the past but in the past few years it had lost its momentum.

“We are now in the process of strengthening it again and we are looking at ways on how the Fijian Government will enhance and encourage such committees.

The Minister said that through such good relationship and teamwork; his ministry believes crime rates could be minimised.

Similar meetings with crime prevention committees will be held in Lautoka today and Sigatoka tomorrow.

On Friday district representatives from the crime prevention committees in the Western Division will meet at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi for a one day symposium.

“We want to introduce a proposed national security board which will look after the village meetings, koro and tikina meetings, town councils along with advisory councils, faith based organisations and the private sector, schools and families.

“The proposed national security board will be announced at the symposium.”

President of Duavata Crime Prevention Committee of Tavua Rajendra Raghlu said the committee has met with crime prevention representatives, advisory councilors, turaga ni koro(s) with the minister yesterday.

“This was an opportunity for crime prevention committee members to share their views and raise their issues with the minister,” Mr Raghlu said.

“This is going to assist the police as well. The number of crimes reported has increased when compared to last year,” he said

“Crimes were happening but were not reported; the Duavata Crime Prevention Committee has encouraged people to openly report criminal matters which are a good thing.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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