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Qiliho Praises Government Investment Into Police

The Commissioner of Police has thanked the Fijian Gov­ernment for their big sup­port and investment into the Fiji Police Force. In the 2016-2017 National Budget, the Government had announced a salary increment for Police Spe­cial Constables with a pay rise of 20 per cent.
18 Sep 2022 14:30
Qiliho Praises Government Investment Into Police
Valelevu Police Station. Photo: Fiji Police Force

The Commissioner of Police has thanked the Fijian Gov­ernment for their big sup­port and investment into the Fiji Police Force.

In the 2016-2017 National Budget, the Government had announced a salary increment for Police Spe­cial Constables with a pay rise of 20 per cent.

In the 2017-2018 National Budget, the Fiji Police Force received an in­crease in their budget to cater for an increase in salaries and wages to carry out the Force’s job evalua­tion exercise.

In the 2018-2019 National Budget, the Government restructured hu­man resources within the Police to regularise more than 600 Special Constables and other Government wage earners within the Force.

Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the biggest investment made by the Government was the infrastruc­ture projects with three major Police Stations which will be com­missioned soon.

The Police Commissioner said there had been a big increase in the budget provisions for the Fiji Police Force.

“That is the biggest investment ever into Police infrastructure by any Government,” Brigadier-Gen­eral Qiliho said.

“As part of our approved restruc­ture which looks at manpower, it also looks at infrastructure to go with that hence those three first major projects are established in densely populated areas.”

These are the Lautoka Police Sta­tion with an investment of $29.8 million, Nadi Police Station with an investment of $19.7 million, and Nakasi Police Station with an in­vestment of $35.8 million and an additional $1 million for the pur­chase of land for the Nakasi Police Station.

The Nakasi Police Station will also have a Police Barracks.

The Government also invested into the fleet services of the Fiji Po­lice Force.

Currently, the Force has 340 ve­hicles following the lease arrange­ment which was introduced by the Government compared of 139 vehi­cles before the lease arrangement.

The Force has 163 motorcycles now compared to 20 motorcycles before this Government, with 25 WaterPol boats and 11 rib boats with the biggest boat being 16 me­tres.

The boats are used for search and rescue, quick assistance in natu­ral disasters and other WaterPol activities.

Another investment is of the Nas­ova Dog Kennel (K9 unit) worth $700,000.

The New Kennel will be used as a training facility for new K9s to supplement operational require­ments to the Central and Eastern Divisions.

The old K9 structure was built in the 1960s, and needed to be upgrad­ed to meet the current demand, the Fiji Police Force had requested for Government funding for the demo­lition and construction of new Nas­ova Dog Kennel.

The K9 Unit has been instrumen­tal in high volumes of drug sei­zures, tracking of suspects in rob­beries, undeclared currency and a case of firearms and ammunitions.

The Police Commissioner said Government has made a big invest­ment into the new K9 facility which should be ready by mid-December.

He said the breeding programmes were now in progress in New Zea­land and two dog handlers were in New Zealand as part of the prepa­rations for 10 to 12 German Shep­herd pups to come across for train­ing.

He added that the Force also in­vested in Belgian Malinois dogs which were already in operation working with the Force located in Nausori.

Story By: Ashna Kumar

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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