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Police to use a drone for surveillance during Super rugby match

The Fiji Police Force will for the first time be using a drone for surveillance purposes during the Super Rugby match between the Gallagher Chiefs and the BNZ Crusaders on Friday night. This was confirmed to Newswire by the Chief Operations Officer of Police, ACP Rusiate Tudravu this afternoon. TUDRAVU: “We will be using one drone […]

Salote Qalubau

June 29, 2016 5:10 pm

The Fiji Police Force will for the first time be using a drone for surveillance purposes during the Super Rugby match between the Gallagher Chiefs and the BNZ Crusaders on Friday night.

An aerial shot of the ANZ National Stadium in Suva where the Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and Crusaders will take place. (Fiji Sports Council).
An aerial shot of the ANZ National Stadium in Suva where the Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and Crusaders will take place. (Fiji Sports Council).

This was confirmed to Newswire by the Chief Operations Officer of Police, ACP Rusiate Tudravu this afternoon.

TUDRAVU: “We will be using one drone and will be doing the test with the Nadi based company who has hired out the drone and it has already been cleared by civil aviation to assist us in terms of our operations. The drone will be covering the outskirts of the stadium because of the car parks and also other areas inside the stadium.”

“The footage we are looking to get is general coverage especially if something does happen, we will know exactly and direct our men through the radio calls to the place where the incident has happened so it does make our job easier because we will not be deploying a lot of manpower. The only thing we need to do is deploy our men to strategic points.”

ACP Tudravu said the drone will be encompassing areas where spectators are sitting and around the vicinity of the ANZ Stadium.

TUDRAVU: “We will have an office space allocated by the sports council where our operational base will be but we are looking at two hours for the time the drone should be circulating. We would like to test how better we can perform because its an international meet and this is to raise the standard of our security coverage. We will try and see how effective this use of the drone is and since there is a lot of security requirements by both teams and it is also part of the requirements we have to abide by as the host but if it is succesful then why not, we will continue to use it for other matches.”

He added that apart from the drone the Police Force will be screening spectators before they enter the stadium.

TUDRAVU: “Apart from the drone, other security measures we will be implementing are screening spectators before they enter the stadium,our sniffer dogs will also be there and also we will have some of our men diverting traffic because of the road closure.”

ACP Tudravu said that there will be a location in the stadium where alcohol will be available to cater for international spectators.

TUDRAVU: “There are allocated places for alcohol at the other side stadium embankment and corporate box, however, alcohol will not be sold in all areas of the stadium.”

The BNZ Crusaders will take on the Gallagher Chiefs at 7.35pm on Friday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

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