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College Joins Fight Against Crime

Labasa Muslim College on Thursday joined the war against crime by joining the Scholastic Crime Stop­pers Programme. By joining the programme, the college is encouraging students to watch out and
10 Mar 2018 11:00
College Joins Fight Against Crime
Police Chief Operations Officer, Acting ACP Maretino Qiolevu (sitting second from the right-sitting) with invited guests, teachers and students who were inducted for the scholastic crime stoppers programme at Labasa Muslim College. Photo: Shratika Naidu.

Labasa Muslim College on Thursday joined the war against crime by joining the Scholastic Crime Stop­pers Programme.

By joining the programme, the college is encouraging students to watch out and help each other make their school a safer and more enjoyable place to learn, work and visit.

Chief guest and Police Chief Operations Officer Acting ACP Maretino Qiolevu, told the launching which attracted 12 students and four teachers who were in­ducted as board members for their school that they were not alone.

“This programme is linked to the major crime prevention programme,” Acting ACP Qiolevu said.

“You are part and parcel of the big crime prevention programme.”

To the 252 students from Year Nine to 13, he said: “If you hear or see any wrong doings please do not hesitate to involve yourself in preventing and stopping the criminal activities in schools or around you.

“Therefore, if you tip us then we will tip you because crime doesn’t pay but we do.

“The teachers and law enforcement of­ficers cannot be everywhere at all times.

“That is why we need students to take an active role in reporting crime because they know their peers better than any­one.’’

The implementation of programmes like this is less expensive and the best strat­egy in fighting crime.

It involves students and teachers.

So far 122 secondary schools in Fiji have launched this programme.

Meanwhile, the national co-ordinator for Crime Stop­pers Fiji, Inspector Saini­mili Turaga, said the pro­gramme vision is to create safer and crime-free learn­ing environments in schools.

It’s mission is to promote a safer environment to live, study and work in and most importantly to prevent stu­dents from getting involved in criminal activities.

The programme is divided into three phases:

  •  First phase: awareness conducted to all teachers and students about the pro­gram proper
  •  second phase: is a work­shop conducted for students who will be selected by the principal to run this pro­gramme in a particular school
  •  Third phase: the offi­cial launching of the pro­gramme

Inspector Turaga said: “As scholastic board members, you have been chosen and given other roles to hold.

“This programme maybe totally new but most of all it reflects on how to handle discipline among students in your school.

“The implementation phas­es of the programme may not augur well with the stu­dent’s reception.

“Criticism shall also be expected as it is how good things begin.

“Positive results would cer­tainly materialise later.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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