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ACP Tudravu: Attacks on police officers will not be taken lightly

This is the warning from the Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu following four attacks on Police officers recorded last week. The first two reports received on Saturday at the
15 Jan 2018 11:16
ACP Tudravu: Attacks on police officers will not be taken lightly

This is the warning from the Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu following four attacks on Police officers recorded last week.

The first two reports received on Saturday at the Raiwaqa Police Station saw a Woman Corporal (W/Cprl) and a Police Constable assaulted in two separate incidents.

The W/Cprl was escorting a victim of assault when she was allegedly assaulted by a 32 year old man who was intoxicated and in the vicinity of the Raiwaqa Health Centre.

In the second incident a police officer was allegedly assaulted while attending to a report of youths reported to be loitering and smoking at Falvey Road Raiwaqa. With the help of another officer the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Yesterday a Police Constable who was on beat at Kimberly Street in Suva attended to a report of fight in progress when he was allegedly assaulted by a man who was caught up in the commotion.

And on Saturday a team of 20 Police officers from the Police Special Response Unit based at 8 miles Nasinu were deployed to Kadavu within hours of an incident whereby officers were stoned and threatened during a drug raid in Levuka, Yale.

A group of officers based at the Vunisea Police Station were working on information about the illegal cultivation of marijuana, and upon reaching the farm they were pelted with stones and threatened by three men.

One was arrested at the scene while two fled.

Upon receiving the information on Saturday morning a group of officers from the Police Special Response Unit were deployed on the W.P Yavahuna  and the F.P.B Totogo at around 2pm and arrived on the island later in the afternoon.

Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu said the issue of officers being attacked or threatened during the execution of their duties will not be taken lightly.

He emphasized the fact that the Commissioner of Police will deploy the necessary resources and manpower to ensure those who do are brought to justice.

“If you want to attack police officers who are simply doing their work in making your communities safe, keep in mind that we have the resources and capabilities to get to where ever you are whether it is in the Southern,  Western, Eastern or Northern Division so you should stand ready to face the consequences of your actions”

 

A raid was conducted afterwards whereby close to 1000 plants were seized from the first farm with the team expected to move to the other two farms today.

The team led by the Deputy Divisional Police Commander South SP Sakeo Ganivatu had to trek up to 3 hours to reach the mountainous area where the farms are located.

The suspect that is currently under arrest is not from the Levuka, Yale and ACP Tudravu says this should serve as a reminder that we should be more alert and aware of those living in our communities.

Information gathered so far indicates that one of the suspects on the run is from Levuka while the other is from Suva.

ACP Tudravu said this is one of the main reasons that the Force works with turaga ni koro’s because they know those living in their villages and should be alert to how a person is able to make a living.

He has also stressed that people should not be scared about giving information as the Police will be there to protect their identity.

“The vanua has a big role to play in the fight against drugs and we should have pride and take ownership and protect our homes at all times”.

“If you don’t want the name of your village or community tarnished then do the right thing and report crime or any suspicious activity. If someone is living in your community and you don’t know who they are and how they’re earning a living ask questions and don’t let someone into your lives and communities who will do nothing but harm”.

The hunt for the other 2 men Continues.

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