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Crime stoppers scholastic programme begins in schools

The Eastern Division Crime Stoppers Scholastic team is visiting schools in the Eastern Division to create awareness and seek help of educators in combating crime. The team yesterday met the staff of Sila Central College to reinforce the working relationship between the Fiji Police and teachers and ensure students stay away from criminal activities. Eastern Division community policing […]

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January 20, 2016 7:00 am

The Eastern Division Crime Stoppers Scholastic team is visiting schools in the Eastern Division to create awareness and seek help of educators in combating crime.

Eastern division community policing officer Corporal Sanjay Raj at the Scholastic awareness at Sila Central College yesterda. Photo: Fiji Police force
Eastern Division community policing officer Corporal Sanjay Raj at Sila Central College. Photo: Fiji Police Force

The team yesterday met the staff of Sila Central College to reinforce the working relationship between the Fiji Police and teachers and ensure students stay away from criminal activities.

Eastern Division community policing officer Corporal Sanjay Raj said the Scholastic programme was an effective tool used to detect crime.

“This is the second year for Sila Central to be part of the Scholastic program and while last year was deemed a success we intend to find new ways of improving the program”.

“We are planning to select a school scholastic community which will consist of 20 teachers and 40 students”, he added.

The Crime Stopper programme allows students to provide tips about criminal activities to the school administration and the idea behind is to “deputize” hundreds of students to help law enforcers combat crime.

Corporal Raj said the programme created a good relationship between the school and law enforcement agencies.

“Your willingness to be a part of this program will promote a positive image of your school and it will instill a sense of responsibility to your students at a young age about the importance of living in a crime free society which in this case for students will be their school as they will spend most of their time here”.

Similar programs will be conducted in schools throughout the division.

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