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Qiliho acknowledges security officer’s efforts in arresting suspect

The actions of a security officer who assisted Police officers in the arrest of a man who had committed a violent robbery in 2014 has been applauded by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Brigadier-General Qiliho said Kemueli Vakatalai Tukala was on his way to do some shopping when he heard a cry for help. QILIHO: “Mr […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

September 2, 2016 1:14 pm

The actions of a security officer who assisted Police officers in the arrest of a man who had committed a violent robbery in 2014 has been applauded by the Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Commissioner of Polcie Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho presents a certificate of commendation and reward to Mr Kemueli Vakatalai Tukula. (Fiji Police Force)
Commissioner of Polcie Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho presents a certificate of commendation and reward to Mr Kemueli Vakatalai Tukula. (Fiji Police Force)

Brigadier-General Qiliho said Kemueli Vakatalai Tukala was on his way to do some shopping when he heard a cry for help.

QILIHO: “Mr Tukula heard the cry for help from a man who was on his way to do some shopping at Shalimar Street. The victim was being robbed and upon seeing this Mr Tukula immediately gave chase and apprehended the accused at Jittu Estate before handing him over to Police. “

He said the accused is now serving a prison sentence of six years for the offence however this was not the first time for Mr Tukala to assist Police.

QILIHO: “During his time as the head of security of a major supermarket chain he has assisted with the arrests of persons involved in similar crimes in 2010 and 2012.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho said the actions of the security officer was commendable adding it was encouraging to receive reports of people willing to assist in the fight against crime.

QILIHO: “While I’m not asking everyone to do something similar to what Mr Tukula did, I believe the mere act of putting up a united front will help send a message to criminal elements that you will not be able to strike because we have a solid partnership with Police.”

He said the Fiji Police Force also relied on community partnerships to keep communities safe.

QILIHO: “This is why the Duavata Community Policing initiative is crucial towards the reduction and prevention of crime. We need as many eyes and ears on the ground and this will be a major deterrent to would be opportunists who are always looking for a chance to strike.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho further urged the public to join the Duavata Community Policing initiative to create safer communities.

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