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No Place For Dirty Or Corrupt Officers: Commissioner Qiliho

Dirty or corrupt officers continue to be a thorn on our side and I will again state for the record that there is no place within the Fiji Police Force
02 Feb 2018 12:30
No Place For Dirty Or  Corrupt Officers:  Commissioner Qiliho
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho

Dirty or corrupt officers continue to be a thorn on our side and I will again state for the record that there is no place within the Fiji Police Force for these kinds of officers.”

These were the words of Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during a press conference held at the Police Headquarters in Centre Point, Nasinu on Wednesday.

“This is understandable, he said, “considering the actions of a few of our own officers,” Mr Qiliho said.

Though, he did admit that more effort is needed to gain “everyone’s support in fighting crime.”

Meanwhile Director of Planning and Strategy Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Aporosa Lutunauga while presenting the annual statistics to the media revealed that although crimes against women and children are at a five-year low, they still number in the thousands, according to the 2017 police statistics released on Wednesday.

In 2016, there were 3,133 and 1,226 reported cases against women and children respectively. The number decreased to 2,684 and 1,077 in 2017.

Road fatalities, an area police set out to reduce by 30 per cent, increased from 60 in 2016 to 70 this year, an increase of 17 per cent.

It showed overall crime from 19,998 cases reported in 2016 had decreased by nine per cent to 18,153 as of December 31, 2017, narrowly missing out on an annual target police had set for themselves.

The Northern division was the only area that recorded an increase in the period, rising from 2,319 in 2016 to 2,334 in 2017.

There was also a recorded reduction in serious crimes from 3,888 cases in 2016 to 3,777 last year. However, the three per cent decrease fell short of the 10 per cent target set.

The statistics were compiled with eight Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) in mind.

Targets were achieved in three of the eight, namely the reduction of crimes against women and children and the yearly expenditure.

Numbers in areas such as serious crimes, overall crimes, detection rates and reduction in complaints and disciplinary offences against Disciplined Service Officers all decreased. However, they all are short of the targets set by the Police.

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho thanked the Government, the Fijian people and the force’s international partners for the overall decrease.

Commissioner Qiliho said a national awareness campaign involving all stakeholders was needed to properly address the alarming road fatality numbers.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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