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Be wary of public scrutiny, Police told

More than 620 Police officers were reminded yesterday that their conduct during the November 14 General Election would be scrutinised by the public. This was emphasised  yesterday at the Police
01 Nov 2018 12:34
Be wary of public scrutiny, Police told
Police Chief of Operation Martino Qiolevu while inspecting Operations Police Officers Election OPS parade for the Southern zone at the Police Nasova ground on October 31, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

More than 620 Police officers were reminded yesterday that their conduct during the November 14 General Election would be scrutinised by the public.

This was emphasised  yesterday at the Police Academy’s Nasova ground in Suva by Fiji Police Force Chief Operations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Maretino Qiolevu during the Southern Division Elections parade.

ACP Qiolevu also cautioned the officers that they must not get caught up in political matters.

“There is a lot of activity on the political front as the campaigning period enters the last few days. A lot has been said, and a lot will be said. Security will be a major talking point and the focus will be on the Fiji Police Force and our ability to effectively conduct our operations,” ACP Qiolevu said.

“The Commissioner has emphasised the importance of security and our role in the election process in ensuring a safe and secure environment conducive to the conduct of the 2018 General Elections.

“The Supervisor of Elections has stressed that we are the only institution they will be working with in as far as security is concerned. Security is not only vital for the integrity of the Election process, but as we now enter the postal voting period, any mishap or security breaches will be blamed entirely on us.”

After the parade, ACP Qiolevu said the officers were ready to conduct their duty.

“Workshops have been conducted to prepare you for your role during these Elections. If you have doubts, ask questions. We will not only be scrutinised by members of the public, but will also be under the watchful eye of the International Observer Group,” he said.

He also told the officers that the Commissioner of Police had expressed gratitude in the way that they were conducting the election operations so far.

“To date we have yet to receive negative reports and we must work together and continue with the positive momentum,” ACP Qiolevu said.

Officers were also reminded to carry their identification cards at all times and that they dress professionally during their deployment.

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