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Police Officers, Vehicle, Post Attacked

“The alleged involvement of juveniles is also a major concern and we urge parents and guardians to pay close attention to their children.”.
19 Aug 2019 12:22
Police Officers, Vehicle, Post Attacked

Police officers, their vehicle and a community post came under attack in the Western and Central Divisions over the past few days.

Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said the attacks had led to damage to vehicles and the incident could have injured the officers.

“We have been stepping up on our operations and deploying more officers in a bid to keep our communities safe,” he said.

“And when we are trying our best amidst the criticism that we are not doing enough, such actions can further impact our operations.”

Mr Tudravu said such actions had an impact on the Fiji Police Force’s ability to deploy the much-needed manpower and resources on the ground.

“Such actions will not be taken lightly and I have directed those involved to be charged if there is sufficient evidence to prove their involvement,” he said.

“The alleged involvement of juveniles is also a major concern and we urge parents and guardians to pay close attention to their children.”.

In the first incident, a Police officer who was walking towards Vatuwaqa Police Post in Suva last Thursday was allegedly pelted with stones by three juveniles and sworn at.

The juveniles aged 15 years allegedly followed the 20-year-old officer and swore at him and threw stones at him and the community post.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the juveniles were questioned and investigations continue.

In another incident, five men allegedly threw stones at a Police vehicle that was on patrol along Wainunu Road in Nakasi on Friday night.

The vehicle’s tail gate light was damaged and the five men were in custody at the Nakasi Police Station yesterday.

Ms Naisoro said three juveniles aged 16 and 17 years were also questioned on Saturday night in connection with the incident.

At Tavakubu Road in Lautoka on Friday night, a Police officer was also allegedly assaulted by a 22-year-old tertiary student.

The suspect’s vehicle was seized by the officer and his colleague because he was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

“It is alleged the suspect followed the victim and when he saw the officer driving his private vehicle towards the Lautoka Police Station, he confronted him and committed the alleged offence,” Ms Naisoro said.

The student was in custody at Lautoka Police Station yesterday as investigations continue.

Edited by Percy Kean

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