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Batinikama College Takes a Stand Against Crime

Within the first six months last year, 86 male offend­ers under the age of 17 were charged with offences like robbery, burglary, rape, abduc­tion, indecent assault and theft. This was
10 Mar 2018 11:00
Batinikama College Takes a Stand Against Crime
Police Chief Operations Officer Acting ACP Maretino Qiolevu with invited guests, teachers and students of Batinikama College on March 9, 2018, during the launching of the Crime Stoppers Scholastic Programme in Labasa. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Within the first six months last year, 86 male offend­ers under the age of 17 were charged with offences like robbery, burglary, rape, abduc­tion, indecent assault and theft.

This was revealed yesterday by the Acting Assistant Commis­sioner of Police (ACP) Maretino Qiolevu to students of Batinika­ma College in Labasa during the launching of Crime Stoppers Scho­lastic Programme.

“In a matter of minutes their wrong decision has practically put a label on their lives that will affect their future,” Acting ACP Qiolevu said.

“The reasons as to why those in your age group are getting in­volved in criminal activities are many.

Your age group is particularly susceptible as you are in what we like to term the experimental stage of your lives.

“You’re learning at such a rapid pace. And with the aid of technol­ogy you’re basically like a sponge absorbing everything you come across.

He said he came across such in­cidents and it saddened him to see young people getting caught up in such situations.

“And I can immediately see in their eyes the regret they have,” Acting ACP Qiolevu said.

“While my heart aches for the fact that they are caught in this situa­tion, it is inevitable that if you choose to live a life of crime you will have to face the consequences according to the law.

“As long as I am the head of oper­ation I never want to come across a case involving a student of Batini­kama College.”

122 schools around the country have signed up for the programme.

“The Crime Stoppers Scholastic Programme will help keep your school community safe from the clutches of negative issues that can affect your education,” he said.

“By right schools should be a safe place for students to live, in learn, enjoy, harmonise and strive for ex­cellence.

It must not be a place for fear, crime and deception.

“Sadly, influences have changed this norm to a certain degree that makes our schools seem unsafe.

The life and future of any country such as Fiji will be at stake if we turn a blind eye.”

Ten students and three teachers were inducted as board members of the programme.

Batinikama College headboy Mo­hammed Shohel, who was induct­ed among the board members, said he was pleased that the Fiji Police Force also chose their school to be part of this programme.

Batinikama College and Labasa Muslim College are the first two schools in the North to join the programme this year.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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