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Fighting Crime With Community Boosts Confidence

The Fiji Police Force is now fighting crime in collaboration with the local communities and a renewed sense of confidence and trust. This was echoed by the Minister for Defence
20 Jul 2018 10:00
Fighting Crime With Community Boosts Confidence
Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Acting Police Commissioner of Police Intendra Nair at the symposium in Nasova Police Academy. Photo: Fiji Police Force

The Fiji Police Force is now fighting crime in collaboration with the local communities and a renewed sense of confidence and trust.

This was echoed by the Minister for Defence and National Security Inoke Kubuabola at the opening of the Southern and Eastern Divisions national crime board symposium at Nasova Police Academy yesterday.

He said the symposium reasserts their belief, reaffirms their spirit and maps the way forward to fight crime in respective neighborhoods.

“We all share our vision for a secure and safe Fiji,” Ratu Inoke said.

“Safe homes for our families, especially the weak and vulnerable, secure investments and assets and a haven where our people can live, rest and enjoy their lives in peace without the threat of harm.

“Crime has significant personal, social and economic impacts on our communities.

“It has torn the social fabric of society instilling fear and distrust.

“Even in our own homes, the trust and respect of family members no longer remains because those in positions of trust exploit the vulnerable to satisfy their evil mental state.”

Mr Kubuabola added that having lived in the Southern Division for many years, he was gravely concerned about some of the crime statistics and patterns that they are observing.

He said in 2016 and 2017 they noted a significant decrease in crimes against public morality, but a significant increase in crimes against the person.

This include double the number of cases of serious assault, common assault and criminal intimidation over the past five years.

“Crimes against property have continued to claim nearly two thirds of all the crimes being reported for several years in a row,” Ratu Inoke said.

“For aggravated robbery, fraud, burglary, theft, and damaging property, the numbers are staggering every year persistently easily.

“Over half the crimes being reported relate to crimes against property.”

There were discussions on the latest Crime Statistics, the Duavata Model and more.

Members of the Crime Prevention committees from various districts in the Southern and Eastern Divisions, senior Police officers and community members were part of the symposium.

Edited by Percy kean

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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