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Online Submission Begins For Police Bill

The online submission will run for 30 days targeting urban centres while the face-to-face consultation will begin on Monday, March 8, for the rural areas.
04 Mar 2021 10:21
Online Submission Begins For Police Bill
Sitting centre: New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr, Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing Inia Seruiratu, UNDP agency representative Revai Maknje Aalbaek with participants after the launch of the Draft Police Bill 2020 online consultation at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Photo: Shalveen Chand

You can now make your online submissions on the draft Police Bill 2020.

The nationwide public consultation on the draft bill was launched yesterday by the Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing Inia Seruiratu at the Grand Pacific Hotel. The public consultation will be conducted in two streams, online and face-to-face.

The online submission will run for 30 days targeting urban centres while the face-to-face consultation will begin on Monday, March 8, for the rural areas.

The Ministry expects to reach up to 10,000 people and it would roll out in 21 centres across Fiji.

It will end on April 30, 2021.

“Make your opinion known,” Mr Seruiratu said.

He said the current Police Act came into force in 1965 and remained an archaic legislation.

The draft bill aims to provide additional enforcement powers to the Fiji Police Force to effectively address new forms of crime, provide legal powers to use modern technological aids to combat complex and organized crimes and institute deterrent penalties in comparison to the outdated penalties currently in force.

Mr Seruiratu said it was time to take it to the public and get their views and inputs on a Bill that would directly impact their safety and security.

Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu also urged the public to go online and make their submissions on the Ministry of Defence Website.

The consultation process is being supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the New Zealand Government.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj



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